Compost, Recycle, Or Waste - What Do I Do?

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Compost, Recycle, Or Waste - What Do I Do? - Quiz

Test your knowledge and see which items can be composted, recycled, or sent to the landfill.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The cardboard coffee cup sleeves at SCU should be

    • A.

      Composted because cardboard can be composted.

    • B.

      Left on my coffee cup.

    • C.

      Sent to the landfill. What a waste!

    Correct Answer
    A. Composted because cardboard can be composted.
    Explanation
    The coffee sleeves as SCU can be either composted OR recycled!

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  • 2. 

    The plastic coffee lids at SCU

    • A.

      Can't be recycled .

    • B.

      Can be recycled because SCU can now recycle plastics 1-7.

    Correct Answer
    B. Can be recycled because SCU can now recycle plastics 1-7.
    Explanation
    For more information on what plastic numbers mean, check out our FAQ's on Recycling, Composting, and Waste at scu.edu/sustainability

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  • 3. 

    Coffee creamer containers belong in

    • A.

      Landfill waste.

    • B.

      Compost.

    • C.

      The recycling bin.

    Correct Answer
    A. Landfill waste.
    Explanation
    Coffee creamer containers can't be recycled or composted - in the trash they go!

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  • 4. 

    Used pizza boxes should be

    • A.

      Composted.

    • B.

      Thrown away.

    Correct Answer
    A. Composted.
    Explanation
    Grease and other food residues usually prevent pizza boxes from being recyclable. But almost all paper is compostable, and should never be thrown away!

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  • 5. 

    Benson to-go containers are

    • A.

      Plastic, so should be thrown away.

    • B.

      Biodegradable, so should be composted.

    • C.

      Too small to hold all my food.

    Correct Answer
    B. Biodegradable, so should be composted.
    Explanation
    All of Benson's to-go containers are biodegradable, which means they can safely break down in the environment. Even better, use an eco-tray when picking up a whole meal so you don't produce any waste.

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  • 6. 

    Styrofoam containers are

    • A.

      Recyclable at Santa Clara

    • B.

      Toxic to the environment and they never break down.

    Correct Answer
    B. Toxic to the environment and they never break down.
    Explanation
    Next time, try to avoid using styrofoam.

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  • 7. 

    The most sustainable option for to-go is

    • A.

      A styrofoam plate covered in plastic wrap.

    • B.

      A reusable container.

    • C.

      A brown paper bag.

    Correct Answer
    B. A reusable container.
    Explanation
    Reusable plastic containers are great for to-go because they can be washed and reused - no landfill waste!

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  • 8. 

    Paper plates with a waxy coating should be

    • A.

      Thrown away.

    • B.

      Composted.

    Correct Answer
    A. Thrown away.
    Explanation
    If they don't have a waxy coating, they're compostable

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  • 9. 

    Which of these utensils belong in compost

    • A.

      A plastic fork from Safeway.

    • B.

      A metal fork.

    • C.

      A cornware fork from Santa Clara.

    Correct Answer
    C. A cornware fork from Santa Clara.
    Explanation
    All of SCU's cornware utensils - those textured yellowish ones - can be composted.

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  • 10. 

    In which bin should you put your drink cup during a campus event?

    • A.

      Recycling

    • B.

      Waste

    • C.

      Compost

    Correct Answer
    C. Compost
    Explanation
    So long as it says compostable on the bottom of the cup. If it has a triangle with a 1 or 2 imprinted on the bottom, it's recyclable.

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