About Us

The Recycling department collects SMC’s discarded items enabling them to be used as resources for new products thereby diverting the material from becoming waste and entering the landfill.

Our goal supports the college's mission of providing a sustainable learning environment where students learn the value of the earth’s resources by recycling and vermicomposting and their contributions to the global community.

Scheduling

​If you have any questions regarding when your pick up is scheduled, you can contact us directly. The schedule may vary each semester due to student worker schedules, but this is a guide that we build upon. If you do not see your location listed, please let us know.

Recycling Pick Up Schedule.pdf

Contact

​Email recycle@smc.edu with questions or pickup requests. Or you can call (310) 434-3909​

​Common Recycling Questions for Faculty and Staff

Q: How do I recycle electronics?
A: Email purchasing@smc.edu & put "Surplus/Obsolete Equipment" in the subject line. Also, make sure to label items as E-waste. Note: These requests are specifically for faculty and staff only.

​​Q: How do I dispose of cardboard boxes?
A: Email recycle@smc.edu​ with pickup requests. Please make sure all boxes are broken down and stacked neatly. ​

Basic Do's and Don't of Recycling​

  • ​Make sure to empty all liquids out of containers before putting them in recycling receptacles

Shredding Guidelines

Shredding shortens paper fibers, reducing the number of times paper can be recycled.

  • Only shred sensitive documents
  • For all other paper, recycle normally
  • No carbon paper (contamination)
  • No plastic (contamination)
  • Paperclips & staples are OK
  • Tape & labels are OK