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MBC Green


Click here find out where to recycle at MBC.


Mixed Paper in an appropriate receptacle throughout campus:

• colored paper • magazines
• corrugated cardboard (broken down) • shredded paper
• paperboard (e.g. cereal boxes) • white paper
• chipboard • books
• phone books • loose leaf paper
• newspapers • blueprints
• file folders • junk mail (including envelopes)

Recycle LogosPlastic
Deposit plastics with a 1 – 7 logo in an appropriate receptacle throughout campus.

Plastic Bags
Plastic bag recycling bins are available in the PAC, Academic, and the Spencer Center. Plastic bags will go to Girl Scout Troop 610 to be recycled into a park bench.

Corrugated Cardboard
Break down or flatten cardboard and place in designated areas in most dorms and throughout campus.

Aluminum Cans
Aluminum can recycling available in buildings across campus

What do with books?
Call Grafton Library to assess whether the books can be added to the collection, sent to Better World Books or recycled in mixed paper collection boxes on campus.

What to do with large volume of paper, books, newspaper etc.?
Call Physical Plant x7209 to schedule a pick-up.

What to do with batteries?
A bin for battery recycling is available in the foyer of Hunt Dining Hall.

What to do with personal computers (faculty and staff should not dispose work computers!)?
All computer related items including towers, desktops, notebooks, laptops, printers, scanners, copiers, electric wire, ink cartridges may be taken to Augusta Regional Landfill for recycling (look for the Goodwill sign next to a metal container).

What else can I recycle?
Look for the Goodwill sign next to a metal container at the Augusta Regional Landfill to recycle the following:
clothing, shoes, purses, belts, caps/hats, domestic comforters, books, furniture in good condition, small appliances, plush/stuffed animals, electronics, and assorted metal items.

Now we can recycle even more
**New: We are now “Terracycling” and are collecting the following items in the Nuthouse (in Hunt Hall):

  • Drink pouches like Capri sun and Honest kids
  • Nabisco and Keebler wrappers like Oreos and Chips Ahoy!
  • Energy Bar Wrappers (Energy, granola, nutrition, cereal, and protein bars with inner foil lining are acceptable)
  • Cell phones
  • Scott Brand wrappers
  • Huggies Brand packaging
  • Scotch tape dispensers and cores
  • Malt-O- Meal and Three sisters cereal bags
  • Elmers Glue sticks and glue bottles
  • Neosporin tube products
  • Coffee Bags like Starbucks coffee
  • Lunchables containers
  • Sprout packages
  • Unilever Spreads {I can’t believe it’s not butter, Country crock, Brummel and Brown,  and Promise}

Food waste
Certain food waste can be composted. Coffee grounds, coffee filters, vegetable and fruit waste are collected in 5 gallon buckets behind Hunt Dining Hall and composted on campus and at a farm in Staunton.  The following foods should not be composted at MBC: Meat, dairy, fish, bones and fatty foods/oils. Click here for a full list of what’s not compostable.

Where can I recycle printer cartridges?
OIT is recycling ink and toner cartridges. Cartridges can be dropped off at OIT during normal business hours. Cartridges do NOT need to be boxed. Contact the Help Desk at x7075 with any questions.

How do I get a recycling bin in my dorm/office?
Contact Page Hearn, Supervisor for Housekeeping with any questions pertaining to recycling or to request additional recycling containers around campus. ( or 540-255-4577)


Native grass meadow 
This expanding and evolving ½ acre meadow on Cannon Hill has been transformed from a mono-culture to a diverse habitat. Non-native fescue (grass) has been replaced with native plants and flowers. This conversion not only supports bio-diversity, but absorbs stormwater and sequesters carbon, a greenhouse gas. Learn more.

Community Garden
The garden just finished its third productive season. Enlarged each year the garden is directed by faculty and staff including a master gardener (and a guerilla gardener or two). The plot located by the Adult Degree Program House includes tomatoes, onions, basil, eggplant, okra winfrey, cucumbers, peppers, and much more! Those interested in helping out can call 540-887-7181, or e-mail

Sourcing Local Food and Reducing Food Waste
MBC’s Dining Services does not only feed the campus but also educates the community. They have eliminated trays from the Dining Hall to reduce waste and energy used to clean the trays. Dining Services sponsors earth-friendly programs, including Project Clean Plate and Project Green Thumb — programs that promote waste reduction and recycling. Hunt Dining Hall is sourcing more and more food from local farmers including meat, chicken and produce. The Dining Hall also promotes healthy eating and making thoughtful, nutritional choices.

Stormwater Mitigation
The College has made a commitment to reducing stormwater runoff to the Chesapeake Bay. Most recently the College collaborated with the City of Staunton to write and be awarded a grant to install new filters in campus storm drains that will reduce nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment from entering the Bay. Learn more here.

Energy Reduction and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Mary Baldwin has been taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint. The Turn It Off campaign reduced electricity use throughout campus particularly during breaks and weekends. We are currently working with the City of Staunton to conduct a city wide Greenhouse Gas Emissions inventory that will allow the greater community to set goals and develop strategies to reduce carbon emissions.