Virginia Tech (along with the Towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg, Montgomery County, and Radford University) uses Single Stream Recycling, which means there is no longer a need to sort commingled containers (cans and bottles) from paper products.

  • Plastic containers #1-7 (food containers, jugs, bottles, and cups—lids on!)
  • Plastic utensils, cup lids (hot and cold), coffee cup sleeves
  • Glass bottles and jars (all colors)
  • Aluminum cans, pans, and trays
  • Aluminum/tin foil (must be balled up)
  • Steel and tin cans
  • White office paper (staples/paper clips ok!)
  • All colored paper (staples/paper clips ok!)
  • Newspaper
  • 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.

  • Compostable materials (see composting)
  • Coffee cups
  • Mirrors
  • Window glass
  • Labware
  • Ceramic dishware
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic bags and wrap (such a saran wrap or cellophane)
  • Carbon paper
  • Waxed paper cartons (like milk cartons)
  • Metal or plastic binders
  • Tyvek 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
  • Napkins
  • Paper product

Not sure? Check the Sit & Sort website.

Hard-bound books can be recycled individually or in bulk. Please submit a HokieServ Customer Request Form to request a special pick-up of hard bound books.

Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for disposing of defunct computers, cell phones, printers, and other electronics, as well as unwanted or broken cables and wires. Contact Rob Lowe for more information and to schedule a pick-up or drop-off.

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

Departments participating in the university's Copier Management Program can recycle ink and toner cartridges through Printing Services who manages the program.

Items that qualify for the recycling program:

  • Toner cartridges
  • Imaging units
  • Waste toner bottles
  • Developer/developer units
  • Drums

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.


Mailing address
Facilities Department (0529)
Sterrett Facilities Complex
Virginia Tech
230 Sterrett Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061