What You Can Do
When Purchasing Items
When possible, choose aluminum over plastic. Although plastic can be recycled indefinitely, the majority of plastic is downcycled into a lower grade material instead of being recycled into its previous use (such as a water bottle). Unlike plastic, aluminum is not downcycled and can be made into high quality materials indefinitely, making it much more sustainable than plastic.

When You Recycle
Flatten all cardboard and place next to a recycling container.
Empty and, if possible, rinse all containers before recycling them.
Remove caps and lids to all containers.

When Cleaning Your Office
If you are purging old records or a large amount of other paper items, please give us as much notice as possible by emailing and/or calling our supervisors. We will make arrangements as best we can to fit your needs and our schedule.
If you have any questions call us at (434) 982-5050 or Email . Together we can work towards a more sustainable future. Thanks!
Outreach Programs
The ROSE Program collects gently or never used office supplies from departments throughout UVa and distributes these materials to anyone who wants them.  Please stop by and take whatever supplies you like! The ROSE store is located in the Recycling building at the end of Leake Drive and is open Monday-Friday 8:00-3:00.  If you'd like to make a donation to the ROSE program, please call UVa Recycling at (434) 982-5050.
Volunteer Recycling Days
Help sort recycling at the U.Va. backsite from 10am-12. Learn how recycling works on grounds and all about Sustainability at U.Va. Wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty. Email sustainability@virginia.edu if you plan to attend or have questions. Volunteer days are every Sunday after home football games. This semester’s dates will be: September 26, October 3, 17, 24, 31, and November 14
MERCI Program
Medical Equipment Recovery of Clean Inventory Program ships medical supplies overseas to needy countries. Since 1992, MERCI has shipped over 100 tons of material. This program also collects supplies that can be re-sterilized and reused within the Medical Center. This enables departments to save money on the supplies. If you are interested in becoming involved with this program, or have any questions, please contact the MERCI Program Coordinator, Carrie Covey, at (434) 924-1648, or the MERCI Clinical Coordinator Trena Berg RN, BSN, CNOR at (434) 982-0559.