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Zero Waste

SMCCCD is committed to doing their part to divert waste hauled to the landfill by offering indoor and outdoor recycling. In compliance with AB 1826 (Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling), starting in Fall 2017 composting will be introduced campus wide! SMCCCD has a Zero Waste goal to achieve Net Zero Waste by 2025 through communication and educational approaches.

Below are descriptions of SMCCCD's waste system services:


Recycle is the process of converting waste into a reusable material.

Recycle bins are placed on the exterior and interior of campus. In buildings, recycle bins are located in offices, hallways, classrooms, and cafeteria.


Compost is decayed organic material reused as plant fertilizer.

COMING SOON! Beginning in the Spring of 2017, composting will be introduced in a series of stages as followed: 1) cafeteria kitchens (pre-consumer), 2) paper towels in bathrooms, 3) cafeterias (post-consumer), 4) outdoors, and 5) classrooms, offices, break rooms, and hallways.


Landfill is an area of land where waste is buried if not recycled or composted.

Landfill waste is expensive to haul and is harmful to the local and global environment. Reducing the amount of waste produced at our campus would greatly reduce operational costs as well as reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions produced in the local landfill.

As the SMCCCD Zero Waste Program is being developed, additional waste services will be provided to faculty, staff, and students in the future and will be outlined in the SMCCCD Zero Waste Program document (currently being drafted). If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email Hilary Ego at