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Waste Reduction Programs

Move-In Waste Reduction
Additional cardboard recycling sites and dumpsters for recyclable beverage containers are set up at various locations within the residence areas. Signs are placed to designate additional locations for cardboard recycling.

Move-Out Waste Reduction (Ytoss?)
Ytoss? is a recycling program that was created by the YMCA at Virginia Tech. Ytoss? aims to reduce waste that is discarded during student move-out in order to collect gently used items from students. Items that are collected are cleaned up, stored, and sold at a fall sale during campus move-in.
Contact: ytoss@vtymca.com
2010 Ytoss? Summary Report: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/ytoss_2010_summary.pdf
Ytoss? 2011: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/ytoss.asp

Comprehensive Waste Management Plan for VT
The Comprehensive Waste Management Plan for Virginia Tech (CWMP-VT) describes current waste management operations and recommends improvements for the management of campus waste. As written the plan meets the requirements enumerated in University Policy 5505: Campus Energy, Water, and Waste Reduction. See Appendix 8.2 for a link to the full text.
This plan also supports the Virginia Tech Climate Action Resolution item 8:
“The university will adopt at least 4 reduction measures in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition. Virginia Tech Recycling will adopt a goal of 35% recycle rate by 2012 and 50% by 2025.”
Contact: Denny Cochrane denniscc@vt.edu

Food Waste Composting
Virginia Tech Dining Services composts its pre-consumer food waste at Southgate, the pre-preparation food processing center on campus. All of our compost, pre- and post-consumer, is picked up and processed by a local family operation in Riner, Virginia.
Contact: Fred Selby selby@vt.edu
Websites:
http://www.dining.vt.edu/sustainability/composting.php
http://www.poplarmanorenterprises.com/

Recycled Content Napkins
All of Virginia Tech’s dining centers use recycled content napkins that are also compostable. Whenever possible, napkin dispensers are located on tables because they lead to students using fewer napkins.

Electronic Waste Pickup Form
Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) manages the e-waste recycling program as part of our hazardous materials management program. All e-waste that is recycled goes only to permitted facilities that recycle waste within the United States. EHS receives and verifies certificates of recycling for all electronic waste that is shipped. Working electronics are sold at public auction through Surplus Property.

Chemical Waste Removal Website
The Hazardous Waste Disposal Program oversees the collection, handling, and disposal of chemicals and hazardous materials from over 1,300 laboratories located on Virginia Tech's main campus, Virginia Tech's Physical Plant, and all agricultural research and extension centers. This program ensures compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations which govern the handling, storing, and disposing of hazardous waste. The program also manages the recycling of batteries, mercury, oil, photo fixer and the disposal of light ballasts, and fluorescent tubes.
Contact: Frank Imperatore imperato@vt.edu

Material Exchange
Virginia Tech’s Surplus Department’s staff members collect surplus materials around campus and store it in the dedicated surplus warehouse, where it can be viewed and reclaimed by the campus community as needed. If materials are not reclaimed after 1-2 months, they are sold at public auction.


Virginia Tech Eco-Olympics
Virginia Tech Eco-Olympics is a campus wide effort to reduce energy consumption and our university's overall ecological footprint.The residence hall based competition is focused on one month where students competed to reduce their energy and water consumption as much as possible. A commitment has been made to continue this competition on an annual basis.
Year 1 Info (2010): http://www.sga.vt.edu/programs/53-virginia-tech-eco-olympics-events
Year 2 Info (2011): http://www.sga.vt.edu/news/62