Waste Minimization

Recyclable bottles

Recyclable bottles

Virginia Tech Dining Services is committed to minimizing our environmental impact through composting, recycling, food diversion, resuables, and trayless dining. 


Virginia Tech Dining Services began composting in January of 2009, and our composting efforts now include all of our dining centers on campus. Royal Oak Farm, based in Evington, Va., processes Virginia Tech's food waste and turns it into compost. As a result Dining Services has diverted over seven million pounds of food waste from the landfill.

Dining Services staff are trained to sort food waste in Owens Food Court, West End Market, and D2. Students are asked to sort their own waste at Turner Place, Squires, Hokie Grill, and Deet's Place. Not sure what goes where? Use the Sit & Sort website to guide you through the sorting process at Turner and Hokie Grill!


Paper, cardboard, and plastics #1-2 are recyclable in our dining centers and across campus. Our recycling stream is picked up by Montgomery Regional Solid Waste Authority in Christiansburg, VA. For more information on recycling please visit the Office of Sustainability recycling page.

Food Diversion

Virginia Tech Dining Services has been working to divert food to those in need since 2007. Today, Dining Services partners with Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech to divert quality excess food. To date Campus Kitchen has diverted over fourty five tons of food.


Dining Services supports eliminating single use items from the waste stream through our innovative Reusable To-Go program. We also allow students to use their own reusable water bottles for water refills at our soda stations. To learn more about the types of bottles we allow please click here.

Trayless Dining

In 2008, after learning that nearly 30% less food is wasted when trays are not readily offered in Dining Centers, Dining Services removed trays from our all-you-care-to-eat facilities. This has has helped to save water and prevent food waste.

Polystyrene Free Dining

As of spring 2018 Virginia Tech Dining Services is 100% polystyrene free! We worked with national brands such as Chick-Fil-A and Dunkin Donuts, as well as our origional campus concepts, to eliminate foam from our waste stream.