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Learn how to recycle correctly on campus with the Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities

From: Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities

Whether on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus or at home, it is up to every Hokie to do their part and learn how to recycle correctly and efficiently.

The Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities has created a video to inform the campus community on the do’s and don'ts of recycling. 

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Here are recycling tips to remember. They are also found on labels on waste and recycling containers across the Blacksburg campus:

  • Cans that are recyclable: Aluminum, steel, and tin cans. Empty and with lids. 
  • Glass that is recyclable: Bottles and jars. Empty and with lids. 
  • Paper that is recyclable: Mixed paper, newspaper, magazines, pizza boxes, and cardboard. 
  • Plastic that is recyclable: #1 (PET) and #2 (HDPE) bottles only. Must be free from food. 
  • Do not recycle: Garbage including plastic bags, shredded paper, and electronic waste.
  • A good rule of thumb: When in doubt, throw it out. One piece of trash can contaminate the entire bin. 

Recycling containers can be found throughout academic, residential, dining and administrative buildings, pathways, and parking lots across campus. Virginia Tech transitioned to a single stream recycling system in 2015 and partners with the Montgomery Regional Solid Waste Authority for recycling removal and processing.

In further commitment to implementing the most stringent recycling and waste management standards, the Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities published Comprehensive Waste Management Plan in 2021 that chronicles how Virginia Tech will manage its waste streams most efficiently, safely, and sustainably.

The plan outlines resources and lists key contacts that will provide guidance to departments looking to further their zero waste goals. This is part of the overall campus goal to be zero waste by 2030 and keep 90 percent of solid waste out of the landfill. Virginia Tech typically recycles between 1,000 - 2,000 tons of materials per year.

“It is more important now than ever for the campus community to come together and help achieve the goals outlined in the Climate Action Commitment. It will truly take the efforts of all Hokies to be the change that positively impacts our environment and the means by which we achieve success in completing the pathway to our goals,” said Teresa Sweeney, waste and recycling manager.

For a more comprehensive list of what to recycle or more information, visit the Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities’ Recycling page.  

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