“A society is defined not only by what it creates, but by what it refuses to destroy.”

– John Sawhill

Scottsdale Community College is committed to Recycling as many items as possible on campus. In recognition of its efforts, in 2011 SCC received the award for “Excellence in Recycling” from the Arizona Recycling Coalition.

Since that day and before, SCC has taken aggressive measures to expand the line of recyclable products which can be diverted from the landfill by using the blue and the silver bins on campus.

About SCC’s Recycling:

In 2013, a total of 77,744 pounds of metal, cardboard, plastic, paper, and glass material was recycled through SCC’s campus.  These alternative means of disposing of waste helped reduce SCC’s comparative landfill tonnage from 291 tons in 2009 to 207 tons in 2012– a difference of 28%!

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(Data is recorded in tons.  Recycling records from 2009-10 not available.)

The EPA estimates that recycling just ten plastic water bottles saves enough energy to power a laptop for 25.4 hours, (not to mention associated savings in oil, landfill space, etc.).  Can you imagine how many resources one year of recycling at SCC saves?!  Visit the “Recycling – On Campus” section of our website to learn about the which, where, and how items may be recycled at SCC!

Where does it go?

SCC’s recycling and waste is taken 8 miles away to the Salt River Landfill and Recycling Center.  Here recyclables are sorted and baled by type, and waste is strategically buried.  You can Request a Tour of the Salt River Landfill, or visit their website any time for more information.

 You can recycle at home, too!

The City of Scottsdale provides free use and collection of one mauve 90 or 200 gallon recycling bin per household.  Inside of these you may place plastic containers numbered one through seven, paper, cardboard, glass, and metals.

Scottsdale also provides free pick up of electronics to be recycled on specified days during the year.  Visit to learn more details and specific dates for both of these programs!

Do you live outside of Scottsdale?  Find out recycling information for your city here:

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