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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Disposal Sites

Recycling Bins

The City of Claremont has co-mingled, single-stream recycling. That means that everything recyclable goes into the same bin, including:

  • Plastics #1-7 including cups, plastic bags and film, plastic packaging, and six-pack rings. Look for the triangle symbol on the bottom - if it has #1-7 in it (which almost all plastic items do), throw it in! This includes some Styrofoam items, so keep an eye out!
  • Aluminum, steel, and tin including cans, foil, and trays.
  • Glass (all colors)
  • Paper and cardboard including newspaper, corrugated cardboard, cereal boxes, magazines, telephone books, mailing envelopes with bubble lining, and paper bags (staples and envelopes with plastic windows are okay!)
  • Packaging including milk cartons, wine boxes, and egg cartons.

Recycling Center

The Smith Campus Center Recycling Center is located in the Mailroom area and takes:

  • Batteries
  • Small electronics including cell phones, computer accessories, CFLs and other fluorescent bulbs, and anything that plugs in
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Printer ink cartridges
  • Brita water filter cartridges
  • Cardboard boxes

Compost

Compostable items can be disposed of at the Farm or in any of the 12 large brown compost bins around campus. 

To check out a compost bucket for collecting compostable waste, see the checkout page.

COMPOST:

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Vegan food scraps (no meat or dairy)
  • Green waste (flowers, leaves, etc.)
  • Thin paper products (napkins, tissues, paper towels)
  • Other biodegradable/compostable items (Challah for Hunger plastic bags, disposable dining hall takeout containers, tea bags)

DO NOT COMPOST:

  • Non-vegan food scraps (anything with meat, eggs, cheese, etc.)
  • Biodegradable/compostable plastic items (e.g. spudware) - they must be chipped separately at the Farm first. 

Donate to ReCoop!

ReCoop is located on the second floor of Walker Lounge - donations can be left outside or donated during special events at the end of each semester. ReCoop takes:

  • Clothing and costumes
  • Furniture
  • Hangers
  • Working electronics including lights, fans, extension cords, power strips, kitchen appliances
  • Microwaves and fridges
  • Storage bins and water filter pitchers
  • Whiteboards and bulletin boards
  • Binders, notebooks, and other school supplies
  • Toiletries
  • Laundry and cleaning products
  • New and old sheets, bedding, and pillows (these are either cleaned and sold or donated to animal shelters)
  • Old clothing (either donated or turned into rags)
  • Other: contact sustainability@pomona.edu to see if ReCoop will take it

Specific Items

Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste

Hazardous and electronic wastes should NEVER be placed in normal trash receptacles! Items that can't be disposed of at the SCC Recycling Center (e.g. items too large to fit in these containers) should be brought to the parking lot behind Mudd-Blaisdell and placed in the white dumpster or otherwise labeled receptacles. Items to dispose of here include:

  • Paint and paint-like products
  • Motor oil
  • Broken electronic equipment (e.g. computers, TVs, printers) - if it still works, donate it to ReCoop!

Medications

All medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription, should be disposed of as hazardous waste.

Books

  • Sell your books to other Pomona students at a ReCoop book sale or through Connection47
  • Donate to the Prison Library Project, which accepts all book donations and sends them to inmates who request them. Drop books off at the Thoreau Bookshop in the Claremont Packing House. See more at www.claremontforum.org.
  • The Huntley Bookstore buys back books year-round.
  • Selling books online is easy and usually yields the highest prices.
  • Look for book donation boxes for Better World Books and similar organizations around campus at the end of each semester.

Bikes

If you have a bike to get rid of, donate it to Green Bikes! They will spiff it up and loan it out to Pomona students in the future. Bring your unwanted bike to the Green Bikes Shop during shop hours.