Recycling in Blacksburg, Virginia

Town of Blacksburg Recycling

http://www.blacksburg.gov/Index.aspx?page=124

Single-Stream Recycling

In Blacksburg, Virginia the following can be recycled at the YMCA Center at 1000 North Main Street:

"Both commingled containers and mixed paper are accepted here along with additional materials including #1 - #7 rigid plastics such as tubs, trays, & cups, clear plastic film contained in one bag, hard plastic items such as milk crates and buckets, and aseptic juice boxes." Plastic bottles and cans can be recycled at Lowes in Christiansburg.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Plastic Containers

http://www.bottlestore.com/ways-to-reduce-reuse-recycle-plastic-containers

Electronics and Batteries

In Blacksburg, Virginia electronics, including computers, and batteries can be recyced at the YMCA Center at 1000 North Main Street. The dropoff place is behind the building, with entry from the north side.

Packing Materials

In Blacksburg, Virginia the following packing materials can be recycled at Easy Way Packaging Center at 610 North Main Street:

  • Packing peanuts
  • Bubble wrap
  • Soft styrofoam, but NOT hard styrofoam

Perhaps other packaging and shipping companies in the area will do the same.

Re-Purposing Moving Boxes

Plastic bags

Plastic bags can be recycled at most grocery stores and at Lowes in Christiansburg. See http://www.ehow.com/how_10885_recycle-plastic-grocery.html for details.

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL)

In Blacksburg, Virginia CFLs can no longer be recycled at the VT YMCA and at Lowes in Christiansburg.

Food and Yard/Garden-Waste Recycling

Each home should have a food and yard/garden waste recycling system. For an example, see http://www.roperld.com/science/composter.htm .

There is a commercial composting company, Poplar Manor Enterprises, in Riner, Virginia.

Paper Recycling links

 Recycled paper has the following environmental impact:

30% recycled paper
50% recycled paper
100% recycled paper
% fewer trees used
30%
50%
100%
% less energy used
13%
22%
43%
% greenhouse gases emitted
11%
19%
37%
% less water used
14%
23%
46%
% reduction in solid waste
15%
25%
49%

Companies that make recycled paper:

Toner Cartridges

http://www.quikshiptoner.com/catalog/Recycle_Your_Toner_Printer_Cartridges

Chewing Gum

http://www.gummybin.com

Art from Junk

Recycling for Kids

References

This is web page http://www.roperld.com/science/Recycling.htm

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L. David Roper, http://www.roperld.com/personal/roperldavid.htm; roperld@vt.edu
23-Jul-2018