Recycling and Disposal Guide

UCSC is working hard to reduce the campus waste stream, and the campus community is highly supportive of recycling and waste reduction. By 2012 UCSC hopes to achieve a 75% diversion rate and by 2020 achieve Zero Waste.

The following webpages contain information only for University generated waste.
Information about Non-University waste generated in the: 

  • City of Santa Cruz can be found here.
  • County of Santa Cruz can be found here.

link to lab recycling guide

Regulated Wastes

Non-Regulated
(Recyclable)

Aerosol Cans Laboratory Sharps Beverage and Food Containers
Asbestos Waste Medicine/Personal Sharps Bicycle Parts
Batteries Oil Cardboard
Biohazardous or Medical Waste Paint Kimberly Clark Nitrile Gloves
Cell Phones Photographic Chemicals Laboratory Containers
Compressed Gas Cylinders Radioactive Waste Paper
Electronic Waste Refrigerators/Appliances

Plastic Bags

Empty Containers Regulated Lights Scrap Metal
Hazardous Waste Treated Wood Waste Styrofoam
Inkjet, Laserjet, & Toner Cartridges

If you have further questions or need additional information please contact Environmental Health & Safety at 459-2553 or the Recycling Office at 459-3671.

If your waste stream was not listed above or you have ideas on how to improve this website please contact Environmental Health & Safety at hazwaste@ucsc.edu