Recycling at VWC


Recycling at Virginia Wesleyan College 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 Physical Plant staff and locally based waste management company TFC Recycling, VWC'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 recylables into the blue mixed-use receptacles, open bins as well as large covered 55-gallon containers, located throughout campus. The Physical Plant staff empties the larger bins and containers into a dumpster near the Physical Plant Office. TFC 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.

If you do not see a recycle bin or container near you and wish to add one, please call 757.455.3365. To purchase smaller room- and office-size cans, contact Bruce Vaughan at

Large Container

Large Container Locations

  • All academic buildings
  • All residence halls
  • Apartment laundry rooms
  • Batten Student Center: Grille, Events Lobby, Hub
  • Boyd Dining Center
  • Blocker Hall
  • Physical Plant
  • Library

Yes! (Acceptable recyclables for blue bins and containers)

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

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

ANYTHING with food waste on it*
Paint cans
Aersosol cans
Plastic or paper bags
An abundance of Post-It Notes
Printer cartridges**
Batteries** 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 the Physical Plant (757.455.3365) or the Office of Community Service (757.455.3216) for more information.

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