Waste Programs

Bio-Hazardous, Composting, Hazardous, Recycle, Reduce, Reuse, Universal Waste, and Waste Program Information.

Waste Program

Sacramento City College is working in coordination with Aramark Food Services, Atlas Waste Disposal, and the Campus Development and Sustainability Committee to identify areas where we can decrease the amount of debris going to landfill.  Cooperation by all campus users is essential in making this happen.  Our goal is to reduce waste to landfill by 90% or more and we feel this is highly possible.

The information in this section provides direction on the proper disposal of all campus generated wastes.

If you have any questions on these sections, please call Karen Chewning at 916-558-2453.

Documents: Integrated Waste Program, Waste quick reference sheet,


Bio-hazardous wastes contain human bodily fluids and are primarily generated by the Dental Health program and the Health Office.  These wastes must be disposed of by a licensed bio-hazardous hauler, cannot be recycled, and require disposal in a specific style container.

If you think you may have bio-hazardous waste, you can contact Operations or the Health Office at 916-558-2367 or the Dental Health Department at 916-558-2357 for information on disposal.


City Café is working with SCC and our waste hauler, Atlas Waste, to set-up and maintain composting bins in the City Café kitchen and dining areas.  All food wastes can be disposed of in these specially marked containers.

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste runs the gamut of identification.  However, it can be defined as “Anything that cannot be disposed of safely in the waste stream or in water, without harm to the environment or animal life”.  It does not include bio-hazardous waste, toner, universal waste, or photo-chemicals.

Like bio-hazardous waste, it must be removed by a licensed Hazardous Waste Hauler.  However, it can only be accumulated for 120 days.  Most of these wastes are generated in the Sciences and Technology areas, although all areas generate hazardous waste in small amounts.

If you feel you may have hazardous waste that needs disposal, you will need to fill out the “Hazardous Waste Inventory Form”, which can be done online.  Simply fill it out, email it to your dean/manager, and have them email it to Karen Chewning.  We will remove the waste as soon as possible.

Photo Chemicals

The Dental Health Program generates photo chemicals.  These wastes contain silver and must be disposed of by a licensed waste hauler.  Additionally, there are special containers for these wastes that must be placed in the area for collection.


Most of the debris on the campus is recyclable.  We strongly encourage all users to recycle whenever possible, reduce your use, and re-use materials.  Paper, cans, and bottles are our primary recycle products.  As long as it is not saturated by food waste, it can usually be recycled.

Standard Waste

There are items that are simply debris.  Saturated food containers, mixed material products (like pens), some food wrappers (chip bags, candy wrappers, etc.), fall in to these categories.  However, our waste hauler has told us to “put it in recycle if you’re not sure”.  They will separate it out at the plant.


Toner contains carcinogens, as well as other pollutants, so cannot be disposed of in the garbage.  If you have a toner cartridge that needs to be disposed, simply put the old cartridge in the box the new one came in, seal it, and write “Recycle” on the box.  Place it next to your garbage can and our Custodial Department will remove it.

Universal Waste

Universal waste is all batteries, ballasts, thermostats with liquid switches, and mercury.  These wastes must be disposed of properly and cannot be put in the garbage can.

For batteries, we recommend that a “battery box” be established in the work area.  Please make sure that is around the size of a tissue box and not much bigger since they become quite heavy when full.  Be sure the box is well labeled and direct all employees to use that box for the disposal of batteries.

Once the box is full, seal it up and place it next to the garbage can.  Our Custodial staff will remove them.  For large batteries, do the same so you don’t fill up the battery box.