Mary Baldwin Green


ContaminationThere are a lot of reasons why you should recycle! Did you know that the average American produces 7 pounds of waste a day? Reducing waste is essential to keeping our land, water, and air clean. Recycling also helps curb global warming. For those of you with a mind for economics, recycling also creates jobs!

By working together to recycle at Mary Baldwin, we can all strive towards a green planet! Did you know that one contaminant means the loss of all the recyclables in the bag?


Click here find out where to recycle at Mary Baldwin. Read on for more information on what Mary Baldwin can and can’t recycle.


Mixed Paper 

Many types of paper can be recycled in receptacles throughout campus. Please remember that paper with wax, grease, or cleaning chemicals cannot be recycled.

Some types of paper that you can recycle include:

• colored paper • magazines and catalogues, without staples
• receipts • shredded paper
• paperboard (e.g. cereal boxes, microwavable dinner boxes, soda) • white paper
• chipboard, such as the backing of notepads • books
• phone books • loose leaf paper
• newspapers • blueprints
• file folders (metal removed) • junk mail
• notebook paper (spiral removed) • envelopes (cellophane windows removed)
• toilet paper and paper towel rolls • shoe boxes
• business cards • paper shopping bags
• paper egg cartons • tissue boxes

Please do not recycle the following:

• milk or juice cartons • baking paper/parchment
• books • paper contaminated with grease
• pizza boxes • mailing envelopes with bubble wrap inside
• paper with foil on it • paper with tape, staples, or paperclips
• metal spirals in notebooks • juice boxes
• paper towels, tissues, and napkins, if clean and no chemicals

 Corrugated Cardboard

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

Please avoid recycling:

  • greasy pizza boxes
  • cardboard lined with plastic
  • waxed cardboard 

Recycle Logos


We can recycle plastics with a 1 – 7 logo. Just check the bottom of the bottle or container, or even on the side to see if it qualifies! Please remember to empty out liquids and wash out other contaminants.

Some recyclable plastics include:

• empty drink bottles • yogurt cups
• prescription medicine bottles • Styrofoam cups and plates
• packing peanuts • clean Styrofoam take-out containers
• disposable tape dispensers and rolls, like Scotch • packing peanuts
• straws • Styrofoam egg cartons

Please do not recycle the following:

• plastic bags • zip-lock bags
• plastic wrap • nail polish remover bottles
• shampoo and conditioner bottles • laundry detergent bottles
• cleaning bottles, like Lysol • lotion bottles
• deodorant containers

Aluminum Cans
We accept aluminum across campus. Please note that we cannot recycle tin or steel.

Some recyclable aluminums include:

  • empty, clean beverage cans (tea, soda, beer, etc)
  • clean aluminum pie pans
  • clean aluminum foil

Please avoid recycling:

• steel cans • tin cans
• aerosol cans like hair spray • cans containing cleaning products
• soup cans • shaving cream cans


Certain food waste can be composted. Composting at Mary Baldwin is located behind Hunt Dining Hall in brown bins and black tumblers in the herb garden. Click here for a full list of what’s not compostable.

Please compost items like:

• coffee grounds • coffee filters
• vegetable and fruit scraps, like peels (stickers removed!) • dryer lint
• tea bags • chemical-free napkins and paper towels

You should never compost:

• cooking oil • meat products, including bones
• dairy products including milk, cheese, and yogurt • bread products
• walnuts (they contain juglone, which is toxic for many plants) • paper soiled with grease or oil

What else can I recycle?

You can recycle other items in your dorm you no longer want at occasional campus Freecycle events. During Freecycle, bring your clean, unwanted items (of good condition) to the event and then take anything you want for free! Any items left over will be donated to a local non-profit organization.

Some items that you can donate to Freecycle include:

• clothing and accessories (no undergarments, please!) • shoes
• backpacks, purses, and other bags • books
• school supplies • lamps
• bedding • furniture
• small appliances • stuffed animals
• stationary • clocks
• cookware • jewelry

All of these same items can be donated to Goodwill during the end of Spring Term and May Term in designated Goodwill containers.

What to do with personal computers (faculty and staff should not dispose of 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).

How do I get a recycling bin in my dorm/office?
Contact Physical Plant with any questions pertaining to recycling or to request additional recycling containers around campus at or by calling 540-887-7209.


There are some items that cannot be recycled at Mary Baldwin that don’t really fit into the categories above. Just remember, when in doubt, throw it out! Don’t contaminate recycling. Some of the items that we can’t recycle are:

• candy and granola bar wrappers • shiny plastic wrappers (cookies, crackers, etc.)
• glass bottles (recycle at Gypsy Hill Park or Augusta Regional Landfill) • toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes
• batteries • ink cartridges
• E-waste • drink pouches (Capri-Sun, Honest Kids, etc.)
• glue sticks or glue bottles • light bulbs
• pens, pencils, markers, crayons, etc. • ceramics and pottery
• medical waste • chips bags


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
Mary Baldwin students and faculty are encouraged to participate in campus community gardens. Those interested in helping out can call 540-887-7181, or e-mail

Sourcing Local Food and Reducing Food Waste
Mary Baldwin’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.