How to Recycle at W&L and in Rockbridge County

All members of the campus community - faculty, students and staff have a important role to play in the Washington and Lee campus recycling program. Minimizing waste by reducing, reusing and then recycling conserves natural resources and reduces the amount of energy needed to manufacture, ship, store, and dispose of material items. It also reduces the amount of green house gases emitted into the atmosphere as well as saving money.

A list of materials that are accepted for reuse or recycling on and off campus and instructions for recycling may be found at What May be Recycled.

Washington and Lee University's recycling program is a separate stream operation, which means that participants usually have to take recyclable materials to a collection station and most of the time have to separate the various types of recyclable materials into different containers. There are collection stations throughout campus (see Where to Recycle) where you can take your recyclables for reuse and recycling. 

The three major 'streams' are mixed paper (includes newspaper), hard plastic containers # 1 - #7 and aluminum and tin / steel cans. In some locations there are containers for each stream and in other locations (e.g. fraternities and sororities) where the City of Lexington collects recycing, all materials need to be recycled in clear plastic bags but plastic and cans can recycled together in the same bag separate from the mixed paper.   

Any material thrown into trash cans is taken to a landfill. Landfills are expensive, waste land resources, produce green house gases and have the potential to contaminate ground water. Please remember that the contents of recycling containers which are contaminated with trash or even other types of recyclable materials will not be accepted by the recycler and will be taken to the landfill.

This program is designed to serve the campus academic, office and auxiliary facilities, the on-campus student residential halls as well as the fraternities and sororities. The recycling (and trash) services provided by University Facilites are University use only, not for for trash or recycling from off campus. Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County provide recycling services to off campus residents. Information on these recycling programs including what you can recycle, how to recycle and where to recycle may also be found here.

If you would like a recycling container, notice recycling containers that are dirty, overflowing or have no signage or if you have any questions or suggestions - please email