PVCC is dedicated to a sustainable future and to improving the social, economic and environmental well-being of the College and the community. We are committed to lifelong learning about recycling, implementing intelligent practices and improving recycling habits.

What to Recycle 

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Recycling 101

Recycling is collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and converting them into new materials and objects.   

How can every person help? Everyone can help by committing to learning about recycling at PVCC and practicing three basic rules:

  1. Know what to recycle.
  2. Keep food and liquid out of recyclables.
  3. Do not include loose plastics bags (grocery or shopping bags) and bagged recyclables.  

Knowing and practicing all three of these activities every day is essential for a healthy environment and enables the College to recycle more efficiently. The easiest way to be an avid recycler is to commit to recycling right. 

Avoid Recycling Contamination

Recycling contamination is when recycled items are sorted into the wrong recycling bin (for example, placing a glass bottle into a mixed paper recycling bin), or when recyclable items are not properly emptied or cleaned.

Some examples of contamination:

  • Food residue left in a container
  • Leaving liquid in recyclable items
  • Plastic bags - grocery, shopping, zip lock
  • Putting items in the wrong receptacle - putting glass in the paper or cardboard bin

Education for Program Elevation

Visit this page regularly for educational opportunities and updates on PVCC recycling progress.