BLACKSBURG’S RECYCLING PROGRAMS
Sustainable Blacksburg wants to help everyone to understand what can be recycled in Blacksburg and how to do so. If you wish recycling information that is not shown here, please use the CONTACT page shown at the bottom of the header photograph (above).
Program for Town Employes
All Blacksburg Town employees and departments are committed to reducing the amount of WASTE (“trash” or “garbage”) within their departments by using a process called “Reduce/Reuse/Recycle”. To read about these Town-Employee operational policies, CLICK HERE.
Programs for Town Residents
Sustainable Blacksburg encourages all Blacksburg residents to use this same process: reduce waste before it is generated (such as, by not printing unless necessary and avoiding unnecessary packaging); use reusable products (for example, reusable water bottles and grocery bags); and recycle only after first avoiding as much waste and reducing as many recyclables as possible. We believe that these principles should greatly reduce the volume of waste that goes into our landfill and increase reuse of valuable natural resources.
Currently, full or part-time residents of Blacksburg can use one or more of the following recycling programs:
1. Residential Curbside Recycling – Currently, Blacksburg contracts with Waste Management Corporation (WMC) to collect recycling of mixed paper, plastics (1 through7), and bottles and cans. All collected items are transported by WMC to the Montgomery Regional Solid Waste Authority (MRSWA), near Christiansburg, that sorts and transports these materials to regional U.S. recycling facilities. CLICK HERE to get detailed information about what types of paper, containers, and plastics can and cannot be recycled.
2. Apartment & Townhouse Recycling – Blacksburg requires the managers of apartment houses, having more than four (4) residential units, to provide recycling for their tenants. Tenants should contact their property managers for instruction about how to recycle at or near their residence. If problems or questions arise, managers or residents should contact the Blacksburg Refuse and Recycling Office at 540-961-1806.
3. Drop Off Recycling – In addition to the recycling opportunities listed above, mixed paper and corrugated cardboard may still be recycled at the Town’s Drop-Off Site at Gables Shopping Center behind Kroger at 1322 South Main Street.
Free, single-stream, drop-off recycling for Blacksburg residents (only) is provided at the YMCA at 1000 North Main Street. Single stream recycling means that mixed paper and commingled containers can be recycled together. In other words, no separation of recyclables is necessary before being deposited in their bins. However, providing this service for residents is very costly to the YMCA, because a separate contract must be made with an outside, independent contractor, and this is very expensive. Sustainable Blacksburg encourages residents to support this service by generously making cash contributions to the YMCA. For a complete guide to recycling at the YMCA, CLICK HERE, then scroll down to the list called What can be recycled at the Y’s Single Stream Recycling Bins.
- Colley Architects – 620 North Main
- Community Arts Information Office (CAIO) – 149 College Avenue
- Eats Natural Foods – 708A North Main Street
- Fringe Benefit – 117 North Main Street
- Heavener Hardware & Lumber – 801 Kabrich Street
- Wireless Zone – 304 North Main Street
- YMCA Center – 1000 North Main Street
The items collected by these merechants will be described within the pull-down menu under RECYCLING.
5. YMCA and Goodwill Industries – These two marvelous organizations account for a great deal of the recycling that happens in Blacksburg. From recycling of electronic devices and fabric material to the resale of gently used items and the employment of many people in our community, these organizations are an invaluable asset to Blacksburg. What they recycle will be listed within the pull-down menu under RECYCLING.
ON THE VIRGINIA TECH CAMPUS
Virginia Tech Recycling (VTR) provides dependable, convenient, and cost effective recycling services to the university community (faculty, staff & students). VTR supports campus sustainability efforts through a variety of programs and services. You can find a campus recycling overview linked to this site as well as a great explanation of what happens to these recyclables once they are collected.
From the VTR website, faculty, staff & students can learn about
- Recycling in Residence Halls
- What can we recycle at VT?
- Campus composting
- Recycling in Academic & Administrative Buildings, and
- How to request recycling services
MONTGOMERY-COUNTY RECYCLING PROGRAM
Folks living outside of the Blacksburg Town limits should use the recycling facilities provided by Montgomery County. County residents do not have access to curbside recycling. Instead, Montgomery County provides and manages 10 Consolidated Recycling and Waste Collection Sites. Go to these active links to find out where these sites are located and to see what CAN and CANNOT be recycled at these sites.
MONTGOMERY REGIONAL SOLID-WASTE AUTHORITY (MRSWA)
What is the MRSWA? The MRSWA is an autonomous “authority”, as opposed to a government agency. (Another local example of an “authority” is the one that runs and manages the Montgomery Regional Airport, and the one that provides drinking water for our communities and Virginia Tech.) MRSWA was established to handle the waste disposal and recycling needs of four local agencies: Montgomery County, the town of Blacksburg, the town of Christiansburg, and Virginia Tech. MRSWA is an independent agency, as opposed to a government agency, but it exists to serve the needs of all four of these participating governments and Virginia Tech.
Among the things that MRSWA does for our region are to:
- Collect all solid waste (garbage, trash, land-fillables) from (1) the Town of Blacksburg, (2) the Town of Christiansburg, (3) Montgomery County, and (4) Virginia Tech, then transports this solid waste to a State-licenced landfill located on Cloyd’s Mountain Road near Dublin VA. This landfill is operated by the New River Resource Authority.
- Collect all recyclable materials from from (1) the Town of Blacksburg, (2) the Town of Christiansburg, (3) Montgomery County, and (4) Virginia Tech, then transfers these items to various appropriate regional recycling facilities. For more information on where these regional recycling facilities are located, please contact the folks at MRSWA.