Recycling & Reuse Items We Collect

We collect many harder-to-recycle items on First Saturdays 10 AM-12:30 PM at the Floyd Farmers Market (outside during warm weather, in the Sustain Floyd office during cold weather). See Directions & Parking below. Follow our Recycling & Reuse Collection Events on Facebook.

2024 Recycling Event Dates

  • March 2, 2024
  • April 6, 2024
  • May 4, 2024
  • June 1, 2024
  • July 6, 2024
  • August 3, 2024
  • September 7, 2024
  • October 5, 2024
  • November 2, 2024
  • December 7, 2024

We Collect the Following Items for Recycling & Reuse

#4, #5 Plastic

We are looking for a new recycler for #5 plastic. Until then, we have committed to continue to collect #5’s, as well as #4’s and #6’s. If you can reduce or reuse this kind of plastic, that would be best.

Plastic Film

You may take your plastic film to Food Lion anytime – their bins are to the right of the front doors. However, if you need help learning how to sort recyclable from non-recyclable plastic film, please bring it to us! (Info on eligible plastics)

Egg Cartons

We collect any kinds of egg cartons so long as they are clean for reuse by local egg growers.

Printer Cartridges

We are currently collecting both ink jet cartridges and laserjet toner cartridges for recycling.


All electronics with circuit boards are currently earning a little money for Floyd County. Please no tube-style televisions or monitors, no household appliances like microwaves, and no light bulbs. You may take these to the Transfer Station or bring to us and we will deliver them to the County drop-off site.

Used Socks

We are accepting clean socks in any condition for a national manufacturing program.

Old Towels

We are collecting clean towels and soft small blankets for the local Humane Society.

Cardboard 6-pack Containers

The Republic of Floyd packages their mix-and-match 6-packs in reused cardboard 6-pack containers. Bring yours directly to them or to us and we will deliver them.

Clear Glass Wine Bottles

A local vintner growing fruit wines is always looking for clear glass wine bottles.

Rechargeable Household Batteries

We are sorry, we will no longer collect household alkaline batteries which EPA says may be disposed in the landfill with your regular trash. We are collecting rechargeable household batteries.


We collect razors, razor blades and all razor packaging for recycling through Terracycle.

Burt’s Bees / Tom’s of Maine / Weleda Packaging

We collect all Burt’s Bees, Tom’s of Maine, and Weleda packaging labeled with the Terracycle symbol. Other items labeled with the normal recycling symbol may be recycled accordingly. For example, many squeezable toothpaste tubes are labeled #2 recycling and may be recycled with your regular recycling with Floyd County.

Mason Jars

We collect all standard mason jars for reuse by local vendors and in the Refill Store.

Local Vendor Jars

Many local vendors are happy to sterilize and reuse their own jars. Bring any local vendor jars, regardless of size or shape to us for return to them.

Used Sneakers

We are collecting used sneakers in any condition. A national program strips them down and shreds the soles for reuse in manufacturing.

No Longer collecting
Writing Utensils


Reusable Tote Bags

We collect reusable tote bags in decent condition for cleaning and refurbishing by our volunteers and giveaway in the Refill Station (at the back of the Farmer’s Market Pavilion).

Nice Reusable Soap, Shampoo, and Liquid Containers

Bring your nice, clean, reusable containers and dispensers for soap and other liquid body product for the Refill Station (at the back of the Farmer’s Market Pavilion).


Several times a year we bring a load of used books to a Roanoke charity bookstore. Bring your used books in readable condition to us.

Medicine Bottles

Medicine bottles with lids must be in pristine (like-new) condition for reuse by a Catholic charity.

Bubble Wrap

We collect clean, intact, large-sheet bubble wrap for reuse by local vendors.

CD’s, DVD’s and Video Games

These should be in working condition as they are for reuse. We do not know of any recycling programs for these materials.

Where Does Everything Go?

Local Vendors & Organizations

Many of the odd items are being collected for local vendors and charitable organizations such as the clear glass wine bottles (local vintner), cardboard 6-pack containers (Republic of Floyd), old towels (Humane Society), egg cartons (Plenty and Weathertop), bubble wrap (Chic’s Antiques), nice grocery bags (Plenty), and mason jars (the Refill Store/Farmers Market vendors).

National Programs

We are collecting for a number of national programs as well. Some of these, such as Burt’s Bees, BIC’s pen recycling program, Gillette’s razor blade program, and SmartWool’s used sock program pay for shipping. Others, such as the medicine bottles, sneakers, #4 & #5 plastic, and used books we have to deliver or pay for shipping ourselves. We collect donations to cover these costs.

TREX Challenge: Plastic Film

Although we won our TREX challenge to collect 500 lbs of plastic film and won a TREX bench which you can enjoy at the Floyd Farmers Market Pavilion, we still work with homeowners to sort their plastic film into recyclable and non-recyclable materials.

The plastic film we collect or that you take to the recycling bins at Food Lion or any major grocery store gets sent to TREX, the decking manufacturer based in Winchester, VA. TREX uses 95% recycled material in their products.

What is Plastic Film?

Plastic film is the thin plastic that is used for grocery bags, produce bags, and case overwrap. It is stretchy, comes in any color, and may be marked as #2 or #4 plastic, or as “Plastic In-Store Recyclable,” though it often is not marked.

The list of items TREX accepts include: Bread bags, produce bags, newspaper sleeves, pallet wrap and stretch film, salt and ice bags, grocery bags, case overwrap, bubble wrap, wood pellet bags, plastic shipping envelopes, dry cleaning bags, Ziploc and other reclosable food storage bags.

Plastic film used in manufacture and packaging of meat, frozen food, animal feed, compost, and hay is not accepted. Also unacceptable are shiny, crinkly plastics that tear without stretching, very heavy duty (>10 mil) plastic, vinyl (such as picnic table cloths or shower curtains), and oily or highly soiled materials.

Directions & Parking for Recycling Events

👉 Location

During nice weather, outdoors in the Floyd Farmers Market Pavilion. In cold weather, in the Sustain Floyd office inside the Station, 203 South Locust St., Suite H, Floyd, VA 24091.

🚗 Parking

You cannot park AT the Farmer’s Market, but there are 3 main parking areas in the immediate vicinity:

  1. (CLOSEST) At the Village Green (enter from Main Street/Floyd Hwy N). Coming south on Route 8/Locust St, turn left at the light, coming north on Route 8, turn right at the light. Then turn right into the Village Green parking lot. Coming from Floyd Hwy S go through light, turn in to the Village Green on your right after the cluster of buildings at the corner. Coming from Floyd Hwy N, the Village Green is the parking lot on your left before the traffic light.
  2. Beside the Station–You can’t park under the Farmer’s Market awning but in the parking lot on the other side of the Station. From Floyd Hwy S turn right at the light, from Floyd Hwy N turn left at the light, coming south on Route 8, go through the traffic light: then pass the Farmer’s Market, pass the Station, and turn left into the parking lot. Coming north on Route 8 look for the lot on your right immediately after the Winter Sun building and directly across from the Floyd Country Store.
  3. Behind the courthouse – the big parking lot behind the courthouse and police station usually has plenty of space. It’s on the NE corner of the traffic light. Turn (east) onto East Oxford Street from Route 8/Locust St. and then immediately into the parking lot. It’s an easy one-block walk from there to the Farmer’s Market (you’ll have to cross at the stoplight). 😊

Floyd County Transfer Station

131 Transfer Station Road SE, Floyd, VA 24091

Monday thru Friday 8am to 4pm, Saturday 8am to 11:30am, Closed Sunday

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