Recycling FAQs

Here to answer all of your most pressing recycling questions.


What materials are recyclable? 

  • Mixed paper
  • Cardboard
  • Glass (rinsed)
  • Metals (rinsed)
  • Plastic containers #1-7 (rinsed)


What materials are not recyclable and should not be placed in the recycling bins?

  • Foods and liquids
  • Plastic bags and packaging
  • Styrofoam
  • Rubber
  • Latex gloves
  • Lab glass (which should be packaged and disposed of per lab procedures)


How do I request a pick up or order additional recycling or trash bins?

Report your issue to Facilities Management via Facilities Self Service 


What is VCU's diversion rate?

VCU’s diversion rate is calculated by the actual tonnage of plastic, glass, metal and paper recycling, as well as electronics and scrap metal, plus clothing/household donations, cooking oil, surplus property, toner cartridges and wood pallets. The diversion rate represents the percent of waste that is recycled. 

VCU's diversion rate for 2018 was 32%.


How can I recycle if I live off-campus?

Contact the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA), they manage recycling for the city of Richmond.


How do I recycle electronics?

Go to our e-cycling page for more info!