What to recycle
VCU Recycling accepts a wide variety of paper products and other materials for recycling.
Remove Styrofoam packing material and breakdown. We also accept empty pizza boxes.
Cereal and food boxes, file folders of all colors, hardcover textbooks, junk mail, magazines, newspapers, paperback books, phone books, shredded office paper (place in a bag for collection), spiral notebooks, white and colored paper.
Bottles and cans
Aluminum cans, glass beverage containers of all colors (no lab or plate glass), plastic containers, narrow neck only coded #1-PETE, water and soda bottles #2-HDPE, empty detergent/liquid storage containers, juice/milk containers #7, other plastic narrow neck bottles.
Computers, hard drives, keyboards, monitors, fax machines, printers, scanners and microwaves. Departments need to surplus these items prior to them be accepted for recycling.
Ink-jet and toner cartridges
Place your used ink-jet or toner cartridges in the prepaid mailing envelope provided by the manufacturer and have VCU Mail pick up.
Ball Office Products will pick up used ink-jet and toner cartridges when orders are placed for office supplies.
Request a HP box for the placement of cartridges. Submit a work order to the facilities service center at (804) 828-9444 or through QuikFM for a box or pick up as needed.
Any type of steel and metals to include such items as chairs, desks, filing cabinets, lab and office equipment. Note: These items will be evaluated by the VCU Surplus Property Manger to determine their condition for either reuse or recycling. The Department of General Services will arrange for pick-up.
Wood pallets and other non-treated wood items. No plywood or particle board.