For Physical Plant
Administrative Assistance
:
Ph:  (540) 464-7358
Fax:  (540) 464-7682

Physical Plant
Virginia Military Institute
110 Hines Lane
Lexington, VA  24450

Physical Plant Help Desk
Ph:  (540) 464-7357

Frequently Asked Recycling Questions

Send your recycling question to PhysicalPlantHelp@vmi.edu .

Why do we have to use clear plastic bags?
The City of Lexington employees who pick up our recycling must be able to see the contents of the bag to confirm it contains recyclables. They often work early in the morning in low visibility, and clear bags help. Once the bags reach the sorting center, workers there quickly visually scan each bag for contaminants and to make sure it contains no hazards.
 
Sometimes I see City workers throw bags of recycling into the trash. Why?
 If a bag appears to contain noticeable contamination, such as food or liquids, the recyclable items no longer have value. The entire bag must be thrown out; the sorting center will not accept it.
Why can’t I put lids or caps in with bottles and jars?
Three reasons: first, the caps are often a different density of plastic than the bottle, so they melt at a different temperature. During the reprocessing they will contaminate a batch of plastic, making it unusable. Second, most caps are small and can fall into conveyor belts, causing jams and costly work stoppages. Finally, caps can fly off bottles when they are compressed or baled, and cause injuries to workers.
Why does shredded paper have to go in a separate bag?
 The bag prevents shreds from escaping and making a mess of your office, our trucks, and the roadways. Of course, use a CLEAR bag so the contents will be identified as recyclable.
I have some odds and ends at home that I can’t bear to throw in the landfill. What can I do with them?

 There’s a place to donate or recycle just about anything you have.

  • Learn “Where to Recycle What in Rockbridge County” on the County web site: http://www.co.rockbridge.va.us/departments/RECYCLING/recyclemain.htm
  • Give and get stuff for free in your local Freecycle network: http://www.freecycle.org/
  • Sell or recycle your gadgets at Gazelle: http://www.gazelle.com/ 
  • Act locally – could a small business with a shipping service use those ice packs that are jamming up your freezer?