Repurposing, reducing, and properly disposing of waste makes a powerful and positive impact on the natural environment and the communities in which we live. At Mills, we are committed to moving toward a zero-waste campus.
The Zero Waste International Alliance defines zero waste as the elimination of all discharges to land, water, or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal, or plant health. To work towards achieving this goal, Mills has prioritized the following activities for reducing, reusing, recycling, and rotting (composting) materials.
If a Mills community member no longer has a use for a gently used item such as clothes, shoes, school supplies, accessories, or kitchenware, that person can drop them off at the Re-Use Depot. Others can stop by and “shop” for free! Items that are not accepted include: undergarments, broken electronics, broken appliances, batteries, and anything that is torn, ripped, or stained. Books can be donated/taken for free from the Free Book Room at the Office of Learning, Advising, and Balance (The LAB) in Carnegie Hall, first floor.
The Re-Use Depot is run by a student Re-Use Depot manager and student volunteers. Volunteering requires one to two hours a week to open the space, process donations, and help shoppers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in volunteering.
During the move-out process at the end of the year, the Reusables Drive provides an on-campus opportunity for students to donate the items they do not need, directing them toward the Re-Use Depot or local charities. If you are a local program or charity and would like to provide a needs list, please email email@example.com.
RecycleMania is a friendly 8-week nationwide competition among hundreds of campuses to see which schools reduce, recycle, and compost the most. Mills participates in RecycleMania annually and promotes waste reduction through competitions between members of the Mills community and other educational activities. View the rankings for the National RecycleMania Competition.
Here's a brief video explaining proper sorting at Mills:
Landfill (or find reuse for):
These are materials that have hazardous components that require special disposal procedures. Please do not throw these items in the landfill, recycling, compost, or Re-Use Depot bins. For some materials, it is actually prohibited by California law to do so. Please follow the below guidelines for proper disposal of these materials.
If your department does not have an e-waste collection program, Sage Hall has two small, yellow e-waste collection boxes. If your item doesn’t fit in the box, please take it directly to Lucie Stern 21 during regular business hours. This collection site is meant for small items.
Items accepted in the Sage Hall First Box, IT:
Items accepted in the Sage Hall Second Box, Facilities:
These items must be contained in a small plastic bag, as per Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.
For items that do not fit in Sage Hall Box, IT, such as:
You can take these items directly to Lucie Stern 21 during regular business hours, or you can schedule a pickup by contacting the Information Technology Helpdesk at 510.430.2005 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that large items not accepted for disposal at the Sage Hall e-waste collection site include appliances such as microwaves, refrigerators, fans, blenders, etc. Microwaves and refrigerators cannot be disposed of on campus. Please visit www.stopwaste.org for resources.
Thank you for contributing to the responsible handling of toxics and helping to prevent contamination of our natural resources and our neighbors. If you have questions, feel free to contact:
Information Technology Helpdesk