1. Which recycling containers should I use when outdoors?
    • You may choose from a variety of conveniently located recycling containers including stationary beige containers at building, upright "toter" style carts, and smaller "tubs." All are paired with trash containers and considered "single stream." This means that all recyclables can be deposited in those bins.
  2. What about indoors?
    • Individual offices are outfitted with blue recycling baskets for desk side use. For common areas, conference rooms and many break rooms, there may be "half round" or toter carts. There are larger recycling bins at the end of the corridors or in common areas in most buildings.
  3. How often are the recyclables collected?
    • The carts located both indoors and outdoors are serviced daily or as needed.
    • To report an overfilled cart, please contact Facility Services at (760) 750-4600.
    • Remember, you are responsible for your own blue desk side basket. Please empty your recyclables into the larger blue bins nearby in your building...where they will be collected by F.S staff.
  4. How about printer cartridges?
    • Please send your used inkjet printer cartridges via inter-office mail to Facility Services where we will have them recycled. Do not continue to use the direct mail envelopes that you may still have from past years, they are obsolete and cannot be mailed to the old address. Laser jets will be collected upon request.
  5. How do I recycle electronics?
    • Call Facility Services for pickup. If the item is still working, it may be donated to a local educational institution for reuse. If out of service, it will be collected under the guidance of Risk Management and properly recycled as e-waste.
  6. Does the CSUSM campus community have to recycle?
    • Yes, all California government institutions, including colleges and universities, are required by law- AB75 and SB-1016 to divert at least 50% of their waste from the landfills as of January 1, 2005. Cal State San Marcos has complied with that mandate each year.





  • Vickie Wheeler & Mui Sullivan (for appearing in our photographs)
  • Carl Hanson (text and photographer)