Waste Reduction

Waste reduction is the process of producing and consuming “stuff” in a way that generates less trash. This practice incorporates:

Refusing (ex: don’t buy things you don’t need)

Reducing (ex: buy things that are well made and will last)

Reusing (ex: donate something you no longer need)

Recycling (although the goal is to prevent the materials from even making it to this stage)

Reduce


Reducing your consumption and waste can have a huge impact on sustainability. This can come in many forms, such as: biking to work/school or taking public transportation; composting to keep waste down to a minimum; making your own cleaning supplies; line drying your clothes; buying quality items so they won’t have be replaced as often; buying in bulk; and investing in energy efficient appliances and lightbulbs. Below are some links to local businesses and organizations that can help you reduce your consumption and waste.



Composting

ShareWaste

Find nearby composters to share your scraps, or list your composting operation to start receiving scraps!


Food Waste

Read more about how the following local organizations are helping the community reduce our food waste.

The Campus Kitchen

Share the Spare

NRV Glean Team

Future Economy Collective

Interfaith Food Pantry

Micah’s Backpack

Reuse


Did you know that if you switched to a reusable water bottle you could easily save hundreds of plastic water bottles from the landfill each year. This is only one simple way we can reuse. Reusing and repairing items are great ways to keep stuff out of the landfill. They are also great ways to save money! Below are some links to local organizations that can help you in reusing and repairing items.



Thrift and Secondhand Stores

Green icons are charitable organizations, while Blue icons are commercial businesses. Click on each icon to learn more.














Recycle


We are glad that you are interested in learning more about recycling options around Blacksburg! However, it is important to consider how you can Reduce and REUSE before you resort to recycling. In particular, many items can be repurposed and distributed to local teachers and nonprofits through The New River Valley Creative Reuse Center!

Single Stream Recycling

Blacksburg

Contacts

Virginia Tech

Contacts

Christiansburg

Contacts

Waste Reduction Updates


Week 21: Too Much Waste in our Landfills

A little over a month ago I briefly touched on the amount of waste sent to our landfills when discussing “Choosing Reusables.” The numbers are so staggering though, I think it warrants another look. The EPA collects data on how much trash (or as they refer to it, municipal solid waste) is generated each year and where…

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Week 20: Home Energy Use

According the the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average home in America consumes about 11,000 kWh (kilowatthours) per year, which accounts for roughly 20% of greenhouse gas emissions in the country. If considered a country, these emissions would be considered the world’s sixth largest GHG emitter, comparable to Brazil and larger than Germany. The…

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