Recycling at San Jacinto College is serious business!

A message from John Maslonka –

Recycling at San Jacinto College is serious business!

You might have noticed the blue recycle containers distributed by our campus Green Teams throughout the district. Containers for paper and bottles & cans are available for your use. Please use them for recyclables only. If we send contents contaminated by non-recyclable material we can be financially penalized. Use them and ensure that you do your part to minimize the impact to our environment.

These recycle materials are gathered by select members of our custodial contractor group, who in turn place them in our recycle compactors located at each of the main campus locations. Once these compactors are full, we have our recycle company collect them for processing. We partner with Republic Services recycling aluminum cans, metals, paper, cardboard, glass, and plastic bottles. Doing so reduces the impact on our area landfills and provides a resource for new products that we use every day. Last year, the Green Team helped us recycle 57 tons of recyclable materials!

The College participates in other avenues of recycling. Accounting and Financial Services semi-annual shredding drives have a positive impact on our efforts at environmental responsibility. Approximately 10 tons of paper was collected last shredding cycle. This number has been trending downward, possibly due to more electronic data collection efforts. Our Welding department at Central Campus recycles scrap metals. Last year they sent 21 tons of metals for recycle. Not to be out done, our district’s Inventory & Procurement Management and Technical Support groups recycle computer and electrical equipment. Last year they were able to recycle almost 32 tons of computers and equipment. Do you have a recycling project underway? Share it with us by emailing

You can see that students, faculty, staff, and our contracted partners are making a real difference. San Jacinto College’s focus is not only on the future of our students, but the future of our environment as well!