Where to Recycle at W&L and in Rockbridge County

First-Year Housing: Graham-Lees and Gaines

The following materials are recycled in all dorms: mixed paper, aluminum cans, and plastic #1 - #7. For more information on how to recycle these items and more, please see How to Recycle. There are collection stations for each material located in recycling closets of Graham-Lees and Gaines. Residents may request the use of a crate for their room to collect and transport recyclables to the station. These crates (20" x 24" x 13" high) must be left in your room, clean, when you leave at the end of the year. Contact your Resident Advisor or Facilities Management to request a crate or to have one picked up.

Upper Division Student Housing: Fraternities

Each fraternity is responsible for establishing a recycling program for the house. Aluminum cans, mixed paper, newspaper, plastic containers #1 - #7, cardboard and tin cans may be recycled, but there is no glass recycling available for the fraternities. There are large 'dumpsters' for recyclables in Davidson Park and in the parking lot below Beta Theta Phi.  Plastics and aluminum cans may be recycled together in clear plastic bags.  Mixed paper and newspapers may be recycled together also in clear plastic bags.  Cardboard can be placed directly in the dumpster after it has been flattened. For more information on how to recycle these items and more, please see How to Recycle. Containers, signage and help with program establishment are provided by Facilities Management. There may also be someone in the house who will volunteer to be a recycling advocate. This person could be a a brother, cook or custodian. An advocate educates the house community about recycling and helps facilitate the house program.

Upper Division Student Housing: Sororities

Aluminum cans, mixed paper, newspaper, plastic containers #1 - #7, cardboard and tin cans may be recycled but there is no glass recycling available for the sororities. Dining services recycles cardboard as well as tin cans. For more information on how to recycle these items and more, please see How to Recycle.

Upper Division Student Housing: Woods Creek

The following materials are recycled in Woods Creek Central: aluminum cans, mixed paper, plastic containers #1 - #7. For more information on how to recycle these items and more, please see How to Recycle. Residents may request the use of a crate for their room to collect and transport recyclables to the station. These crates (20" x 24" x 13" high) must be left in your room, clean, when you leave at the end of the year. Contact your Resident Assistant or Facilities Management for a crate or to have a crate picked up.

Upper Division Student Housing: Augusta Square and Liberty Hall Commons

Recycling information coming soon.

Off Campus Housing: Lexington and Rockbridge County

No recycling services are provided by the University for off campus housing.

Rockbridge County Recycling operates a number of recycling centers for use by county residents. The following materials are recycled at these centers: mixed paper, aluminum cans, scrap metal, tin cans, glass containers, hard plastics #1 - #7, cardboard, and newspaper. For more information on how to recycle these items and more, please see How to Recycle. County residents are responsible for taking their trash to one  of the recycling centers or dumpster locations.

Lexington Public Works provides curb side pickup of recycling. The following materials: mixed paper, aluminum & metal, and plastics #1-7. All of these materials may be put together in a clear plastic bag or clearly labeled recycling container and left at the curb on the appropriate day except mixed paper, which needs to be placed in a separate clear bag. For more information on how to recycle these items and more, please see How to Recycle.

Academic Buildings

Clean mixed paper is recycled in all academic buildings. Faculty and staff may request a blue plastic desk-side can for collection and transport of materials to recycling stations. Individuals are responsible for emptying these into larger, shared recycling collection cans located in the hallways. The regular pick up schedule for these cans is Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

"Clean mixed paper" includes computer and copier paper, soft and hard back books, junk mail, newspapers and magazines. Staples do not need to be removed and an occasional paper clip is OK but metal or plastic spiral bound documents are not.

Please do not put corrugated cardboard, food containers or trash in the mixed paper bins.  Some academic buildings have collection containers for recycling aluminum and plastic. These materials should be rinsed and clear of food before being placed into shared recycling cans.

Other On-Campus Recycling Stations

Big blue recycling dumpsters on campus are used to collect:

  • Cardboard boxes (that have been flattened)
  • Aluminum, plastics #1-7, and tin cans may be mixed together but must be in a clear plastic bag
  • Mixed paper (including newspaper) must also be in a clear plastic bag separate from the other recycled materials.
  • **Glass cannot be recycled in these dumpsters.**