Creating a Culture of Sustainability

Our goal as a campus is to have a 75% waste diversion rate by 2020 and to go Zero Waste with a 95% waste diversion rate by 2030. Help us reach our goal and support your local community by refusing single-use products, reusing products, reducing your waste stream, and recycling or composting products that you may not need anymore. 


Goal: Reduce your reliance on single-use products

Alternatives to single-use products:

Single Use Products Alternatives
Plastic bottles (water, soda, juice, etc.)
Stainless Steel 16-20oz canteen
Paper coffee cups w/ plastic lids Insulated Stainless 12-20oz thermos
Plastic straw NO straw. Metal or paper Straw
Plastic to-go cups w/ plastic straws Mason Jar w/metal or paper straw
Instant K-Cups Compostable or reusable K-Cups or french press
Plastic cutlery Wood compostable utensils, metal 
Plastic toothbrush Bamboo toothbrush
Plastic Ziploc bags/plastic wrap Beeswax wrap
Bulk bin plastic bags Mason jars
Plastic produce bags Cotton bags









For more alternatives to single-use items go to:


Water Bottle Refill Station

Did you know Americans use 89 billion plastic water bottles a year? Of those, only one in six is recycled. The recycled plastic is degraded during the recycling process making it only usable for composite materials such as fleece and plastic composite wood - so it's not actually removed from the waste stream; it's just delayed.

In November 2014, with the support of SRJC Student Government, SRJC installed its first water bottle refill station. The refill station is located on the first floor of the Bertolini Student Center on the north side of the breezeway. The refill station diverts, on average, fills over 1,500 bottles/month with cool, filtered, tap water. Carry a reusable bottle with you and reduce your waste output.

Current Water Bottle Refilling Stations at Santa Rosa Campus:

- Outside Pioneer Hall/Book Store Entrance

- Inside Bertolini Student Center (North Ground Floor Entrance)

- Inside Tauzer Gym (West Side Entrance)

Eco-friendly products

SRJC Reusables

The SRJC Bookstore stocks a wide array of eco-friendly products including: reusable SRJC water bottles, travel mugs and bags as well as locally made products (including organic Shone Farm goods) and products made of post-consumer content . Go green while showing off your BearCub pride!



Bring your own mug

Fresh and Natural (campus food services) will give you $.25 off your drink for bringing your own mug. It is estimated that 14 billion coffee cups are thrown away each year and due to the polystyrene lining that is used to make them waterproof, they're not easily recyclable or compostable.



Goal: Divert waste from a landfill

When you recycle at SRJC, you help to support SRJC! The water bottle refill station and the bicycle repair station wouldn't have been made possible without you recycling! CRV funds are collected and go to fund. Over 90 recycling receptacles are positioned at convenient locations around campus.

Compost Recycle Landfill

Food Scraps: 

- Bread, grains, and pasta

- Coffee grounds and tea bags

- Dairy and eggs

- Fruits and vegetables

- Leftovers and spoiled food

- Meat (including bones)


- Branches and brush

- Flowers and floral trimmings

- Grasses and weeds

- Leaves

- Tree trimmings (less than 4" in diameter and 4' long)

Soiled Paper:

- coffee filters

- Greasy pizza boxes

- Paper plates without plastic/waxy liners

- Paper to-go containers without film plastic liners

- Soiled paper towels and napkins


- Hair, fur, feathers (non-synthetic)

- Wood: small pieces of lumber or sawdust from untreated wood only

- Wooden chopsticks and coffee stir sticks


- Aluminum cans and steel

- Clean aluminum foil and trays

Plastic Containers:

- Bottles (leave caps on)

- Containers

- Clamshell Containers (cleaned)

- Cups

- Plastics numbered 1-7 on bottom


- Glass bottles and jars

Paper and Cardboard: 

- Paper Bags only

- Cardboard (non-waxed)

- Cereal boxes

- Office paper

- Egg Cartons (paper)

- Envelopes

- Juice or soy milk boxes with foil liner

- Junk mail and magazines

- Newspapers

- Packing paper

- Phonebooks

- Sticky notes

- Waxy paper milk or juice cartons

- Wrapping paper (non-metallic)