From: Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities

Due to programmatic changes at the Montgomery Regional Solid Waste Authority (MRSWA), shredded paper and hardbound and softbound books will no longer be accepted for recycling at Virginia Tech as of July 1, 2020.

There will also be impacts to electrical and hazardous waste disposal.

Please view the original press release from MRSWA for further details.

Departments and colleges will not notice any major differences in the collection process on the Facilities Operations and Environmental Health & Safety sides. Single stream and cardboard recycling within office units will continue.

The Office of Sustainability within the Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities, Dining Services, and Housing and Residence Life continue to closely collaborate to leverage the university community’s passion and curiosity for sustainability in delivering an array of recycling and waste reduction programs and educational initiatives on the Blacksburg campus.

Virginia Tech partners with the MRSWA for recycling removal and processing. Since 2008, the university has increased recycling by over 20 percent, decreased municipal solid waste by 746 tons, and increased recycling by 716 tons.

General recycling questions may be directed to Denny Cochrane in the Virginia Tech Office of Sustainability at 540-231-5184 or via email at

Questions regarding hazardous waste disposal, electrical waste disposal (e.g. non-operational desktop computers and laptops), and universal waste disposal (e.g. lighting, bulbs, ballasts, and batteries) may be directed to Rob Lowe in the Virginia Tech Office of Environmental Health and Safety at 540-231-2510, or via email at      

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