Waste sorting can be confusing, and there's only so much information which can be put on a sign. We've created the guide below to help answer questions about what products go in each bin. Still have a question? Email email@example.com or call (818)-677-4493 for more detailed information on where different materials should be placed.
What materials belong in each of the new bins?
Paper (clean and dry)
All Food Scraps
Unbleached Food-Soiled Paper
Other Foodservice Products
*Bio-plastics and plant-based plastics (PLA) are not
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need to clean out recyclable containers and jars?
All containers placed in the recycling bin should be empty. Cleaning out empty containers (for example, a peanut butter jar) will increase the material's value and increase the likelihood that it is recycled, however, it is not strictly necessary.
Why have the bin colors changed?
CSUN is changing the color of its recycling and organics streams to match the City of Los Angeles' curbside bin colors. Green (formerly bottles and cans) now represents compostable/organic items. All recyclable are now comingled in the blue bin, and landfill waste goes in the black bin. This change was also made in anticipation of upcoming requirements by CalRecycle that would standardize bin colors for waste streams statewide.
What about large boxes that won't fit in the blue bin?
Cardboard boxes should be flattened and placed behind or next to the recycling bin. If you have 5 or more boxes, you can contact Associated Students at x4262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for them to be picked up.
What about other recyclable items, such as ink cartridges and personal electronics?
These unconventional recyclables are still processed by Associated Students. Call extension x4262 or email email@example.com to arrange a pickup, or drop them off at the Sustainability Center. Batteries can be recycled through Environmental Health and Safety, extension x2401.