Recycling Counts at Salem!

The College’s strategic plan calls for all aspects of wellness to be emphasized at Salem, including environmental wellness. Please see below for ways in which YOU can help. 

Energy Conservation

Lighting is one of the largest users of energy.  Salem can reduce energy costs by turning off lights when a classroom, residence hall room or office is unoccupied. I challenge every faculty, staff and student to turn off lights in these areas when not in use.  If you are the last one to exit a room, turn off the light.  Every minutes counts!  In addition, window air conditioning units should also be shut off when exiting classrooms and offices at the end of the day, or for the weekend.


Under a new law that takes effect Oct. 1, North Carolina will be banning all rigid plastic containers from landfills. This includes any bottles with a neck smaller than the container itself.  The new legislation will focus largely on the recovery of Polyethylene terephthalate (PET).  This plastic, commonly identified by the number “1” inside a recycling symbol on the bottle, is the resin of choice for most soda and water bottles.

Salem recycles all “1” and “2” plastics.  Place clean # 1 and #2 plastic containers in aluminum and plastic recycling containers located throughout campus. Remove lids and empty the container before placing in recycle bins.

For your convenience we will place several additional aluminum and plastic containers throughout campus including several outside locations. Paper bins are located throughout campus, including all residence halls.

Did you know …

  • Aluminum beverage cans are ban from landfills?
  • Recycling one aluminum beverage can creates enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours?

List of Recyclables

Acceptable Paper

Computer paper, newspapers, magazines, shredded office paper (staples and paper clips are acceptable)

Unacceptable Paper

Food wrappings, wax or plastic coated papers, cardboard

Beverage containers

Plastic and Aluminum

Empty containers, no lids, wrappers OK, remove caps


Cardboard boxes are to be broken down and bundled into manageable sizes. Masking tape works for bundling if it is securely around the collapsed boxes. Bundles should be placed at paper recycle containers for pickup.

Unacceptable cardboard

Wax coated boxes and food containers such as pizza boxes.

Special pick-up

If you have special pick-ups, such as storage room clean-outs, file cabinet clean-outs, disposal of excess brochures, catalogs, etc, please contact the physical plant department for a scheduled pick-up. or 336-721-2711.