Recycling & Waste Reduction

What is Garbage?
Garbage is material that cannot be reused, recycled, or composted. These items are often made up of a mixture of materials bound together by some mechanism or adhesive that cannot be separated.

The following is Garbage at UCSF:

  • Chip Bags & Candy Wrappers
  • Plastic Bags & Film
  • Chewing Gum
  • Latex Gloves
  • Incandescent Light Bulbs
  • Ceramic Dishware & glassware (broken)
  • Pyrex Glass (broken)
  • Rubber Bands
  • Styrofoam

Rules to keep in mind:

  • Plastic that does not retain its shape is garbage.
  • Glass that can withstand high temperatures is garbage.

Did you know garbage can:

  • Negatively effect overall ecosystem health
  • Impacts wildlife health through the consumption of garbage and toxins
  • Increase run-off and water pollution
  • Releases toxic methane gas
  • Never disappears, just end up somewhere else.

Keep in mind:

  • You have some control of what ends up in the garbage/landfill by simply thinking ahead about the products you purchase.
  • Plastic bags are garbage. However, you can reuse them or take them back to some grocery stores for recycling.
  • When in doubt, put it in the garbage!

Think before you toss:
All of UCSF’s garbage is trucked to Altamont Landfill in Livermore, CA.

Items placed into the BLACK trash containers will not be sorted. They will simply become landfill.

Think of what you put in the trash can: could it have been recycled or composted?


Picture Examples of Garbage Items

Bubble Wrap Candy Wrapper Ceramic Cup Chip Bag
Bubble Wrap Candy Wrapper Ceramic Cup Chip Bag
Condiment Packages Condiment Packets Creamer Containers Diaper Face Mask
Condiment Container Condiment Package Creamer Diaper Face Mask
Foil Lined Gloves Latex Gown Hair Net Light Bulb
Foil Lined Latex Gloves Gown Hair Net Light Bulb
Mailing Package Bubble lined Foil mix Plastic Wrap Polystyrene
Mail Package Bubble Lined Foil Lined Plastic Wrap Polystyrene
Shoe Cover Ziploc Packing Peanuts Subway Spudware
Shoe Cover Ziploc Styrofoam Peanut Subway Bag Spudware