These items can be placed in the slim blue bins, other containers marked for recycling, or in the large blue City of Mesa barrels. They don't have to be thoroughly washed out first, but if you can dump out liquids, please do.
Other items recyclable in these bins include:
You do not need to wash the items first. Just make sure any clumps of residue are removed.
EMPLOYEES ONLY: There are secure document destruction bins located at various areas throughout campus. Please place your confidential items into these bins to be shredded by a contracted vendor. If you choose to shred paper yourself, please place all shredded paper into clear plastic bags that are securely tied shut and place them NEAR a recycle bin for collection.
PLEASE NOTE: This service does not replace the current paper recycling program on campus. Only confidential, sensitive, and secure documents will go into the secure bins for shredding. All other documents are suitable for recycling in the established manner in your area.
The secure bins can be found in the following locations:
The vendor comes to empty the bin every fourth Wednesday at Southern/Dobson. The remaining collection dates at Southern/Dobson for 2013 are:
May 1, May 29, June 26, July 24, Aug. 21, Sept. 18, October 16, November 13, December 11
The upcoming collection dates at Red Mountain (every 8 weeks) are:
May 23, July 18, September 5 (October and December dates pending)
MCC is paid by the ton for all cardboard that we collect and bale separate from blue barrel collection.
All cardboard at MCC can be recycled. This includes pizza boxes as long as there is not food residue present (chunks of cheese, crusts, small cups of ranch dressing). Empty pizza boxes can be placed into any blue bin or City of Mesa barrel.
All other cardboard boxes should be flattened whenever possible and left near a blue bin for pickup. All packaging materials (bubble wrap, air pillows, foam pieces) or unwanted enclosures (manuals, cords, CDs) can be left inside a non-flattened box and the recycling collectors will sort and recycle it all.
We would prefer to reuse boxes before recycling them, so if you need boxes for anything, please let us know and we can make arrangements to get you some. Please commit to recycling or reusing them when you are done with them.
Students can place paper into any of the blue bins around campus. There are also some green bins marked "paper only" in some classrooms.
MCC is paid by the ton for all paper that is recycled separately from the cans/bottles, so please do not place paper into the rolling City of Mesa barrels.
Please place all paper items into the specified paper-only receptacles throughout campus and the recycling team will collect the paper on the scheduled pickup day. If you are going to have a large amount of paper items (i.e. end of semester cleaning, relocating offices, magazine purging, etc.), please contact the recycling team and we will temporarily provide you with additional paper-only bins.
The only paper not accepted is paper plates with food residue and any paper towels/tissues/napkins.
Employees: The recycling team will pick up small inkjet cartridges during our collection route, so place them near a blue bin or in the collection box available in many department copy areas. The Ricoh Copy Service will recycle the larger toner cartridges.
Students: There is a collection box in the Kirk Center near the Student Life counter for your inkjet cartridges.
Employees: MCCCD has partnered with Terracycle to recycle pens, markers, and pencils. As part of the program, Terracycle will donate 2 cents to the Maricopa Foundation scholarship fund for each eligible pen and marker recycled. For ease of collection, any brand, type, and style of pen, marker, and pencil is accepted and recycled, however only Papermate, Sharpie, and Expo are the eligible brands for the 2 cent donation.
Most department copy areas have a box marked for recycling pens and markers.
Many employee copy areas now have a collection box for batteries and other small recyclable items. There are also collection spots located on some of the recycling bins in the LS building for the students.
Place all batteries in these boxes, including
Do NOT bring vehicle batteries to MCC for recycling. Contact an automotive repair shop or battery retailer.
Students: Please recycle all cell phones (functional or non-functioning) and accessories in the box in the Kirk Center near the Student Life counter. For each cell phone recycled, 25 cents is donated to the Maricopa Foundation for student scholarships. If you have other electronic items to recycle at home, check your city's solid waste department website to find out about e-waste disposal in your area.
Employees: Cell phones and other electronic items generated through MCC operations and employee use can be recycled.
Check large items for college surplus tags; if a tag is present, those must be disposed of via the Property Accounting Department. Otherwise, you can place items into the small box located in many copy rooms, or give them to a recycling collector. If you have an item that you are not sure about, just contact firstname.lastname@example.org and ask.
Employees only: Instead of throwing out your unneeded office supplies, give them to the Recycling Team for our office supply redistribution program. We offer the items to other departments at MCC to help everyone cut down on the cost of new supplies. This also helps reduce landfill costs, packaging waste, and shipping fuel emissions that result from buying new products. We keep an inventory of items donated to the program, and since 2010 over $30,000 in supplies were donated and redistributed for MCC operations.
The supply giveaways (FOR EMPLOYEES ONLY) are held the first and third Tuesday of each month and reminders with the location noted are emailed each time. You are welcome to contact the Recycling Team anytime at email@example.com to inquire about available items or arrange a visit for a new employee.
If you have items to donate to the redistribution program, please give them to a recycling collector. Due to space restrictions, only Southern/Dobson employees can contribute, however employees from any MCC location are welcome to stop by and 'shop'.
Items frequently available in the giveaways include:
Employees: CDs, DVDs, and floppy disks, as well as VHS and audio cassette tapes, can be recycled in the boxes in many copy rooms, or just give them (in a box or bag) to the recycling collectors. We can even find a reuse for most of the soft and hard cases for the CDs.
Bulbs are a Universal Waste that is regulated by AZ Department of Environmental Quality, among other places. Bulbs contain mercury and other chemical wastes which are strictly regulated with regard to disposal. Bulbs are one of few items that we must pay to have recycled. For this reason, only bulbs generated at MCC facilities can be recycled by MCC, and only by the M&O employees.They have a designated area where spent bulbs are labeled and safely stored for recycling. Bulbs left in any other types of recycling bins or boxes will not be accepted.
If you have CFL bulbs for recycling at home, you can visit http://earth911.com/ for information about how and where to recycle them in your area.
Employees: If you have large heavy pieces of metal, please contact M&O and they will pick up your items and take them to our scrap metal area. Other smaller metal waste can be given to a recycling collector.
Students: can recycle metal such as food and drink cans in the blue recycling bins around campus.
Tires are used at MCC under various circumstances, such as automotive training, fleet operations (both street automobiles and electric carts), and landscape/agricultural operations. Due to state regulations requiring specialized fire control access routes, fire extinguisher placement, and safety signage, MCC is not registered or permitted to accumulate waste tires on site for disposal. When a new tire is being purchased, the purchaser will pay the vendor’s disposal fee in order for the vendor to immediately take and legally dispose of the used tire.
The following items can be recycled at MCC by employees, but NOT in the blue bins or barrels. Keep your plastic bags, wraps, and squishy foams separate near a blue bin for the MCC collectors and they will take them.
You can leave us these bags to recycle, but how about dropping them off at a neighborhood dog park to be reused instead? Don't forget to use reusable bags when you shop to avoid the plastic bag waste in the first place!