The Town of Blacksburg is committed to reducing the amount of waste produced in town operations by:
REDUCING waste before it is generated
In 2013, the town became the first Virginia municipality to join the State Electronics Challenge (SEC), a national program providing resources for individuals and organizations to make wiser choices in the selection, purchase, use, and recycling of office electronics. The SEC provides informational resources on computers, monitors, copiers and other office electronics that are designed to be less toxic, longer-lasting, more energy efficient and easier to recycle at the end of their useful life.
Other active steps that town has undertaken to reduce waste:
- The town selects products that minimize unnecessary packaging and purchases in bulk where practicable, (about one-third of an average dumpster load is made up of containers and packaging material).
- The custodial staff has begun purchasing less toxic cleaning materials in bulk thus reducing the number of single use cleaning dispensers.
- Office staff are encouraged to print only if necessary; and if items must be printed, employees are encouraged to print drafts on blank sides of used paper. Published documents are printed or copied double-sided.