As of July 1, 2018 recycling guidelines in Montgomery County have changed. Plastics #3-7 are no longer accepted by the Montgomery Regional Solid Waste Authority (MRSWA). For a more detailed guide about recycling, visit MRSWA's Disposal Guide.
Virginia Tech Recycling (VTR) provides dependable, convenient, and cost effective recycling services to the university community. The program supports campus sustainability and the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment Plan goal to minimize waste and achieve a 50 percent recycling rate by 2020.
- When in doubt, throw it out! When throwing trash into the recycling, it contaminates the entire bin. (For sustainability in the Dining Halls visit the Sustainable Dining website)
- Only plastics #1 (PET) and #2 (HDPE) containers are accepted as of July 2018. (Think of plastic bottles, cans, and food containers).
- Do not bag recyclables (plastic bags get caught in the conveyer belt and can cause damage).
- Plastic containers #1 (PET) and #2 (HDPE) (Plastic bottles, Jugs, and empty Food Containers)
- Coffee cup sleeves (if cardboard)
- Glass bottles and jars (all colors)
- Aluminum cans (no pans or trays)
- Steel and tin cans
- White office paper (staples/paper clips ok!)
- All colored paper (staples/paper clips ok!)
- Magazines and glossy paper
- Junk mail (envelopes with address window ok!)
- Catalogues and phone books
- Pamphlets and brochures
- Paperboard (cereal/tissue boxes)
- Small corrugated cardboard and pizza boxes (no food inside)
- Manila folders and envelopes
- Padded envelopes (filled with fiber, NOT bubblewrap)
*Large cardboard can be recycled in special cardboard recycling bins around campus. For more information, please contact Facilities Customer Service at 540-231-4300.
- Plastics numbered #3-#7 (This includes Solo cups)
- Compostable materials (see composting)
- Coffee cups
- Window glass (because it melts down differently)
- Ceramic dishware
- Plastic bags and wrap (such a saran wrap or cellophane)
- Carbon paper
- Waxed paper cartons (Ex. milk cartons)
- Metal or plastic binders
- Tyvek envelopes (Ex. FedEx envelopes)
Composting is available in all dining facilities on campus. The compostable materials vary between facilities, but the following items are always compostable:
- Food waste (including leftover cooked items)
- Coca Cola cold cups and lids (labelled as compostable)
- Compostable to-go clamshells
- Pizza boxes
- Paper product
Not sure? Check the Sit & Sort website.
There are battery recycling bins in several general use buildings on campus. Additionally, small battery recycling containers can be provided to department office areas for use. Contact Rob Lowe to order a bin to be placed in a particular office space, or if an existing battery collection bin is full.
These bins are for all varieties of small batteries, including 9-volts. Tape the electrodes on the end of 9-volt batteries before placing them inside the bin to avoid accidental shocks or corrosion. All other batteries are safe to place in the bin without tape.
Please do not place large batteries into the collection bins. To schedule a pick-up or drop-off of larger battery types, contact Environmental Health and Safety.
Environmental Health and Safety oversees the collection of a variety of other hazardous materials for recycling on campus. These items should not be placed into recycling bins around campus. Contact Enviornmental Health and Safety to schedule a pickup of these materials:
- Fluorescent tube lights
- Compact fluorescent light bulbs
- Car and other large batteries
- Laboratory materials
- Scrap metals
Items that qualify for the recycling program:
- Toner cartridges
- Imaging units
- Waste toner bottles
- Developer/developer units
Departments who do not participate in the program should drop ink cartridges off at the university collection site at the Grounds Building on Sterrett Drive. For more information, contact Facilities Customer Service at 540-231-4300.