Recycling Guidelines

A-B Tech Recycling Guidelines

(Effective 07/24/18)

Receptacles with blue bag liners are for recycling and will be directed to the single-stream recycling system. Receptacles with black bag liners are for waste and will be directed to the landfill.

  • All classrooms will have a black bag. Food and drinks are not allowed in the classrooms as stated in the Student Handbook. Each instructor is responsible for enforcing this rule during class.
  • All offices will have a trash can with a blue-liner for recycling. However, an office occupant may request that a black bag is substituted for a blue bag. The request should be made to the immediate supervisor, who, upon approval, should direct the request by email to Aaron Surrett at We will accommodate, as we are able. However, the Budd Group will only be expected to empty one trash can in each office. The occupant will be responsible for emptying any other waste receptacles.
  • There are certain areas such as Labs, Conference Rooms, etc., that will need items to be placed into black liners. These areas will be identified by department faculty. Otherwise, all classrooms should have a blue-liner for recycling.
  • Trash going into these cans will be retrieved by custodial and deposited in the single-stream bin for mixed recycling.
  • Food waste is not considered recyclable. Please deposit in waste cans that have been placed throughout the hallways in their buildings.
  • Cardboard: All cardboard should be broken down and placed in hallways for pick up by custodial. The college is paid for cardboard, which helps us fund other sustainability initiatives on campus.

All plastics marked # 1-7, including bottles, jugs, and jars, as well as yogurt and margarine tubs, dairy containers, clean clamshell containers, plastic drink cups, deli containers, and produce boxes.

  • Aluminum pie tins and food trays
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Juice boxes and soup cartons
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Metal food and beverage cans
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Corrugated cardboard and moving boxes


Mixed Paper: catalogs, junk mail, and magazines, egg cartons (paper only) envelopes, manila envelopes, office paper, phone books, glossy paper, post-it notes, cereal and similar boxes, brown paper bags, and empty paper towel tubes.

  • Used cooking oils (take to Blueridge Biofuels drop of locations)
  • Motor oil and used oil filters (Take to Advanced Auto or AutoZone for free recycling)
  • White goods, appliances including stoves (Take to Biltmore Iron & Metal Company)
  • Medical equipment (ABCCM or Habitat for Humanity)
  • Empty propane tanks (Take to Biltmore Iron & Metal Company)
  • Styrofoam (regardless of type and the number on the item)
  • Plastic bags, shopping bags, cereal bags, zip-lock bags, shrink wrap, dry cleaning bags, chip bags.
  • Plastic soda can rings
  • Plastic bubble wrap
  • Hardcover books
  • Non-food related containers such as motor oil bottles, batteries, caulking guns and paint cans
  • Garbage or Recycling Bags
  • Flower Pots
  • Hard, bulky plastics (kiddie pools, toys, buckets, chairs)
  • Toothbrushes, plastic razors, cosmetic and soft plastic personal care containers.


Thank you for your willingness to help in these recycling efforts.

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