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Office and lab clean-out tips

June 14th, 2016 @ 2:59 pm by Camille Kirk

Summer is here! If you are getting ready for the long break by cleaning out your office or lab, it’s easy to get rid of large amounts of recyclable waste and create a cleaner, less cluttered office space at the same time.

If you are cleaning out a workspace, it is very likely you’ll have paper and books to purge. Custodial Services can provide 64-gallon blue bin “toters” for mixed paper or hardbound books. It’s important to put hardbound books in a separate bin from mixed paper. blue_toter

To get bins delivered to your workspace, submit a work order — ideally at least two weeks before you plan to purge your office — with the number of bins you need, and preferred drop-off and pickup date. Recharge rates will vary depending on the nature of the request and number of bins.

Please help avoid contamination, or mixing of different recyclables, in the blue toter bins: Bubble wrap, binders, hardcover books and cardboard should not be put into a mixed paper blue bin. Because each of these materials are recycled differently, contamination is a problem that could result in a whole bin being sent directly to landfill, even if recyclables are inside.

For information on other workspace materials you might want to recycle, please consult the campus recycling “encyclopedia” and the move-out information on document destruction and electronics disposal.

If you have any other questions about reducing waste during your clean-out or general recycling questions, please contact the Waste Reduction and Recycling office at recycling@ucdavis.edu.

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