While recycling has become part of the daily routine for many people, the full importance of recycling is not always understood.
In general, people do understand that recycling helps to minimize the drain on the limited resources of our planet. One of the great things about recycling is that the process helps to minimize the presence of waste materials in our communities.
Because items such as glass, paper, and plastics are being reused to create new products, they do not end up taking up space in a landfill somewhere.
While many people realize that recycling is good for the environment in terms of easing the demand on our limited resources, they may not realize that choosing to reuse and recycle items also makes it possible to significantly cut the cost of producing products. Thus, the importance of recycling not only extends to preserving raw materials but also to ease the energy needed to manufacture various goods.
How do I recycle
Where can I Recycle
Roanoke Valley currently offers several ways to recycle in our area. While each municipality has it’s own method and drop off locations there are several businesses that will accept materials regardless of where you live.
Gerdau 2580 Broadway Avenue Southwest Roanoke
Gerdau recycles scrap ferrous and non-ferrous metals such as copper, brass, aluminum, stainless steel, as well as providing community recycling bins for Mixed paper/Office paper, Cardboard, Metal and Aluminum cans. Note: as of March 2015, Gerdau no longer accepts plastics.
Recycling & Disposal Solutions (RDS)
835 Korte St. Roanoke, VA 24015
or visit www.rds-virginia.com
This is the only location to recycle glass in the Roanoke Valley. They also provide recycle bins for Mixed paper/Office paper, Cardboard, Metal cans, Aluminum cans, and Plastic containers
Roanoke Valley Resource Authority– Tinker Creek Transfer Station 1020 Hollins Road Roanoke
Tinker Creek Transfer Station has a permanent drop-off recycling center. This site takes mixed paper, metal and aluminum cans, plastics, and cardboard. This service is provided to residents of the County of Roanoke, City of Roanoke, and Town of Vinton.
Hazardous Household Waste – Collected the 3rd Saturday of each month
Lead Acid Automobile Batteries Spray Cans Used Oil* (No Commercial)
Used Antifreeze* (No Commercial) Oil-Based Paint
*Maximum 5-gallon quantities per visit
Check here for other items that can be brought to our monthly Household Hazardous Waste events; you MUST REGISTER prior to the third Saturday to participate.
Recycling in Roanoke City
The city of Roanoke offers single-stream curbside recycling for all City residents. Businesses in the Central Business District also have curbside recycling available. Roanoke City residents may take recyclables to Cycle Systems, RDS and the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority at Tinker Creek Transfer Station.
Recycling Locations in Roanoke County
The County of Roanoke offers recycling trailers located throughout the county. In addition, residents may take all recyclables to Cycle Systems, RDS and the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority at Tinker Creek Transfer Station.
The County of Roanoke in cooperation with Cox Communications has a recycling location available at the Cox Communications building on Fallowater Lane in southwest Roanoke County. This site currently accepts mixed paper, metal and aluminum cans, and plastics #1 through #7. The container is usually emptied on Mondays and Thursdays.
The North County location for recycling is located on the campus of Hollins University. Upon entering the campus, follow the recycling signs on West Campus Drive to the drop-off site. This site currently accepts mixed paper, aluminum, and plastics #1 through #7. The container is usually emptied on Mondays and Thursdays.
The Brambleton Center is located in Southwest Roanoke County at 3738 Brambleton Avenue. This site currently accepts mixed paper, aluminum, and plastics #1 through #7. The container is emptied daily (Monday through Friday).
Glenvar Middle School
Glenvar Middle School is located in West Roanoke County at 4555 Malus Drive, Salem. This site currently accepts mixed paper, aluminum, and plastics #1 through #7. The container is usually emptied on Wednesdays.
William Byrd Middle School
William Byrd Middle School is located in East Roanoke County at 2910 Washington Ave, Vinton. This site currently accepts mixed paper, aluminum, and plastics #1 through #7. The container is usually emptied on Mondays.
Glass Recycling for County Residents
Currently, the drop off trailers do not accept glass for recycling. Please take glass to Recycling & Disposal Solutions (RDS) 835 Korte St. Roanoke, VA 24015 or visit www.rds-virginia.comfor more information regarding glass recycling.
Recycling in The Town of Vinton
Vinton residents may take recyclables to Cycle Systems, RDS and the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority at Tinker Creek Transfer Station.
Recycling is picked up curbside, on your trash day, every other week. If you would like a blue recycling bin, please request one online or call Public Works (540) 983-0646.
The town collects the following items: Aluminum (beverage cans), Newspapers/inserts (no magazines or phone books), Plastic beverage containers (soft drink bottles, clear water bottles, and opaque milk jugs) and Steel/Tin (food cans – rinsed out w/labels removed)
For more info visit: http://www.vintonva.gov/index.aspx?NID=246
Recycling in Salem City
The citizen’s collection operation is comprised of two full-service drop-off centers.
- 1271 Indiana Street (across from the Street and General Maintenance Department), and
- Wal-Mart parking lot on West Main Street.
These full-service centers accept plastic #1 and #2, bi-metal and aluminum containers, mixed paper (phone books, reading books, magazines, junk mail, and envelopes) as well as newspaper. Because newspapers normally accumulate faster and take up more space, citizens are provided with an additional convenient newspaper drop-off site located in the parking lot adjacent to the City’s Court House. In addition, corrugated cardboard is accepted at the Transfer Station on Indiana Street.
For more info visit: http://www.salemva.gov/departments/transferstation/TransferStation/Recycling.aspx
Recycling in Botetourt County
Botetourt County offers recycling drop-off centers at the following locations:
Elementary Schools: Breckinridge, Buchanan, Cloverdale, Colonial, Eagle Rock, Greenfield, Troutville
High Schools: Lord Botetourt
Items accepted for recycling include newspaper, cardboard, office paper and mixed paper, #1 and #2 plastic, aluminum and tin cans, glass bottles and jars of all colors.
Curbside Recycling Collection
Curbside recycling is available to residents who are customers of either Kelley’s Garbage Collection Service or Community Sanitation Service. Residents who live in these two service areas who would like to use the curbside recycling service can do so by calling the hauler for their area to be added to the recycling route.
Kelley’s Garbage Collection Service (540) 992-1374
Community Sanitation Service (540) 977-7265