Recycling

  • Nickel-cadmium, gel, and lead acid batteries are collected and re-cycled through Virginia Battery Service at no cost to the College. In our last shipment (Nov 08), we recycled 700 pounds of batteries. Lithium-ion batteries can also be recycled through a company mail-back program offered by Air Cycle. In calendar year 2008: 1,200 lbs of batteries were recycled.
  • We utilize a company, Chemsavers, to recycle hazardous chemicals. This service provides collection and redistribution of surplus chemicals. To date, we have recycled over 5,000 lbs of surplus chemicals. (In calendar year 2008, 1,560 lbs of chemicals were recycled through Chemsavers.)
  • In the fall of 2005, the College purchased a bulb crushing system, the Bulb Eater®, and began collecting and crushing waste fluorescent bulbs. The Bulb Eater® crushes spent fluorescent lamps of any length into 100% recyclable material while capturing over 99.99% of the vapors released. The bulbs are sent out for recycling through a company, AERC. In calendar year 2008: 8,134 lbs of light bulbs were recycled.
  • We recycle our used oil. In May 2006, we switched to US Filter for a free oil pickup service. In calendar year 2008: 180 gallons of used oil were recycled.
  • The Physics Department recycles their waste metals from their machine shop. Facilities Management collects waste metals in a dumpster located behind their Trades Shops for metals recycling as well.
  • W&M collects and recycles non-PCB ballasts primarily for metals recovery. In calendar year 2008, we recycled 1,184 lbs of non-PCB ballast.