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Cardboard now part of single-stream recycling at Virginia Tech

From: the Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities

Effective Fall 2021, cardboard will be integrated into the Blacksburg campus’ single stream recycling process. Members of the Virginia Tech community will be able to add cardboard materials to all single stream recycling bins on campus.

By adding cardboard to containers with other recyclable materials, Virginia Tech is taking steps to achieve goals of being a zero waste and carbon neutral campus by 2030.

The updated recycling process will reduce routes from the university’s waste management contractors, allowing for more efficient and safe transport of materials. Potential savings from these contract updates can be invested into recycling program improvements including education and training and container enhancements. 

Virginia Tech handles roughly 6,000 tons of waste materials (roughly 150 fully loaded semi trucks or 30 blue whales) each year. Recycling paper, metal cans, glass bottles, #1 and #2 plastic bottles, and cardboard reduce the percentage of materials sent to landfills. 

In February, the Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities published a new waste management plan detailing steps for achieving a zero waste campus. 

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