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Unlike curb-side pick up, VIU's recyclables need to be sorted.

Drink containers (glass bottles, plastic bottles, and cans) can be recycled in the cafeteria and there are bottle/can bins around the campus.

Paper recycling can be found just about anywhere there is a photocopier as well as computer labs and many classrooms. Clean envelopes, paper, newspaper and No Carbon Required paper can go in the bag+stand. Please place magazines, phone books, and bound handouts or reams (over 500 pages) beside the paper recycling bag+stand.

Styrofoam and shrinkwrap can be taken to the marked bin in the loading bay beside Building 300 (see map for general location).

  • Shrinkwrap must be in a in tied-off bag
  • Styrofoam must be in a tied-off bag

**Note that this bin is kept locked, so please call Facilities (x6500) to arrange for a key**

Plastics (#1-7) can be recycled. Put items in a separate, tied-off bag and place in a central paper recycling bag.

Tins can be recycled. Put clean items in a separate, tied-off bag and place in a central paper recycling bag.

Batteries and cellphones can be recycled at

  • Cowichan Campus
  • Nanaimo Campus (Health & Safety office [B360 R112], Welcome Centre, IT Helpdesk)
  • Western Student Housing

9 V batterySAFETY FIRST!
Be sure to put your batteries in the bags provided at the recycling boxes
Cover the terminals of 9V batteries with heavy tape (electrical tape or duct tape) to avoid a potential fire hazard

**Where do the batteries go when they're recycled?.

Writing Instruments can be recycled at (watch the video!)

  • Nanaimo Campus (bins in front of the Campus Store and in Welcome Centre)
  • Western Student Housing
  • Cowichan Campus (Welcome desk)
  • Parksville Campus Student lounge
  • No bin nearby? Send retired writing instruments to Margot Croft B305-2A

**Glass -- other than beverage containers -- cannot currently be recycled on campus. Please take glass items to the nearest recycling depot.**