Radford University switching to single-stream recycling


Radford University is transitioning to single-stream recycling.

That means placing paper, plastic and glass into a common container instead of separate recycling bins. The switch was made Nov. 15 on America Recycles Day.

“We will begin recycling newspapers, magazines, mail, cereal boxes, cracker boxes, tissue boxes, aluminum and steel cans, glass and all plastics together,” said Radford University Sustainability Manager Josh Nease.

The new system replaces the multi-stream recycling collection method. However, corrugated cardboard boxes, batteries, electronics and printer cartridges will continue to be collected separately.

“Data shows that single stream recycling increases total recycling, and in some places the increase has been dramatic,” Nease said. “By 2040, the university is striving to recycle 75 percent of its solid waste, and this is a good next step.”

Muse Hall is the first building to switch to single-stream. Radford University Sustainability staffed information tables in the building on Nov. 15 to raise awareness of the new collection system. SGA hosted an information table at the Bonnie Hurlburt Student Center the same.

Reorganization and standardization of all recycling infrastructure and signage is underway in Muse, which will simplify the transition and allow for greater visibility, Nease said.

To learn more, contact Nease at 540-831-5223 or jnease@radford.edu.

Nov 15, 2016
Chad Osborne