In all of its operations, Facilities Management uses the 6Rs as a guiding principle towards waste: rethink, reduce, reuse, repair/restore, redistribute, and recycle. FM has far surpassed the state recommended recycling rate of 25%. In 2016, our recycling rate was 43%--and the ensuing years predict even higher percentages.

To further increase recycling efforts, Recycling and Housekeeping staff are proactive in educating the JMU community on the proper disposal of waste items as well as the future impact of global waste stream issues.

plastic bottles

Our History

JMU first began to recycle in 1995--four years later, JMU opened its new recycling facility on South Main Street, where it currently resides today. Since then, our recycling initiative has expanded dramatically.

In 2008, JMU partnered with TREX® Decking and began collecting plastic bags for TREX to use as a wood-alternative in its products. 

Today, approximately 350 waste bins are placed on campus and checked daily. All outdoor trash collection areas have a recycling collection bin as well. After being transported to the South Main Street Recycling Facility, all plastics, glass, and aluminum cans are sorted and prepared for pickup by Sonoco.

What We Do:

For a full overview on the items that can be recycled at JMU, check out our Waste Bin Guide. A brief overview of the recycling initiative at JMU is provided below.

Traditional Recycling Measures:

JMU recycles the following items: 


  • white paper
  • colored paper
  • newspaper
  • magazines

Plastics #1 - #7

  • bottles
  • cups
  • containers
  • lids

Aluminum Cans

  • soda cans
  • soup cans
  • containers


  • bottles
  • containers
  • jars
paper recycling sign
plastics recycling sign

hybrid trash truck

Specialty Recycling Applications: 

TREX® Decking: JMU collects and bales plastic bags that are then sent to wood-alternative, composite decking company TREX® Decking.  

LIghtbulb recycling: Lightbulbs are recycled and/or disposed of.

Mass-Volume Paper Shredding: All paper collected in waste bins is sent through the mass-volume paper shredder, ensuring that all confidential documents are safely destroyed.

In addition to these speciality services, Waste Management also collects:

  • Electronic Waste, including batteries and toner
  • Metal Products
  • Wire
  • Wood and Wood Products
  • Cardboard

And our sustainable initiatives do not stop with recycling and composting. In addition to high collection rates, Waste Management also operates hybrid trash trucks to reduce emissions. 

What You Can Do:
√ Educate yourself!

What can you do to reduce waste before it’s recycled or sent to the landfill by JMU?

  • Use electronic versions of documents instead of printed materials.
  • Use paper fully: print double-sided, select smaller fonts, and print multiple pages to a sheet when possible
  • Order tested and cost-competitive recycled paper from the Copy Center
  • Consider ways to avoid purchasing new items, e.g. using what I have, obtaining an item from surplus, or buying used
  • Use a reusable cup or mug
  • Avoiding buying individual sized bottle or canned beverages
  • Donate personal goods to local donation centers
To learn more about what can be recycled in the various bins on campus, check out JMU's Recycling Guide.

Using the information provided in this guide, you can be sure to practice proper recycling measures on campus. 

JMU's Deskside Waste Bin Guide outlines the items that can be recycled in the blue deskside bins located in offices and classrooms across campus. 

√ Participate in Waste Management events!
Awards and Recognition

FM's Waste Management team sets the bar high—and consistently exceeds those standards. In 2013, JMU won the Outstanding University Award for Excellence from the Virginia Recycling Association.

Click here to see a full list of Awards and Grants received by Facilities Management and JMU. 

Request Service

For all Recycling and Waste Management requests please enter a customer request in AIM or contact your building coordinator. For all other non-service inquiries or questions please call recycling at 540-830-0177, 540-568-6074 or email

cardboard recycling
Helpful Links

A list of helpful links is coming soon! 

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