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Recycling at VWU

Recycling at Virginia Wesleyan University is both an institutional commitment to reducing waste and an individual commitment to being good stewards of our environment. A partnership between members of the campus community, the Facilities Management staff and locally based waste management company Bay Disposal & Recycling, VWU's recycling program is truly a cooperative effort.

How recycling works at Wesleyan

Blue and You: Individuals are responsible for sorting their trash and placing recyclables into the blue mixed-use receptacles, open bins as well as large covered 55-gallon containers, located throughout campus. The Facilities Management staff empties the larger bins and containers into a dumpster near the Facilities Management office. Bay Disposal & Recycling collects, sorts and processes our recyclables.

There are large open bins in a variety of office and common-space locations. The locations of all large covered 55-gallon containers and a list of acceptable and unacceptable materials for recylcing are below.Large Container

Large Container Locations

  • All academic buildings
  • All residence halls
  • Apartment laundry rooms
  • Batten Student Center
  • Boyd Dining Center
  • Blocker Hall
  • Facilities Management
  • Library
  • 8 yard Container Locations
    • Batten Center
    • Honors Village
    • Brock Village Facilities Management

Yes! (Acceptable recyclables for blue bins and containers)

  • Aluminum cans/foil/pie tins
  • Cardboard
  • Catalogs
  • Cereal boxes
  • Envelopes
  • Glass bottles/jars (brown, clear, green)
  • Invoices
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Office/writing paper: white & color
  • Old forms/files (remove paper clips, Post-Its)
  • Paper bagsPhone books
  • Plastic bottles (water, soda, juice, milk jugs)
  • Shrink wrap
  • Steel/tin cans
  • Unwanted mail
  • Wrapping paper


Recycle oral care products and health and beauty packaging at Terracycle locations in Hofheimer Library’s 24-hour study space

No! (Unacceptable materials for blue bins and containers, AKA contaminants)

  • ANYTHING with food waste on it*
  • Aersosol cans
  • An abundance of Post-It Notes
  • Batteries**
  • Diapers
  • Paint cans
  • Plastic or paper bags
  • Printer cartridges**
  • Wood products
  • Yard waste

*Food waste is one of the most common ways to contaminate a recyling container. Pizza boxes, napkins, wrappers and other materials with food still on them should not be mixed in with recycling.

**Although there are no official recycling centers on campus for batteries and printer cartridges, some campus offices do collect them for recycling at different times during the year.
Contact Facilities Management (757.455.3365) or the Office of Community Service (757.455.3216) for more information.