History . . .
1991, Winthrop University officials realized the
enormous recycling potential that the Winthrop
community could generate.
A committee from all constituencies of the
University, including students, studied the problem,
and came up with concrete suggestions on how to begin
a waste management program.
After discussing transportation, storage, and
disposal problems, the committee pushed primarily for
the recycling of office paper and aluminum cans.
A pilot test was conducted in four buildings.
Winthrop University was awarded a South Carolina
College and University Grant, which funded brochures,
posters, and magnets.
were created to encourage all the Winthrop community
brochure explains Winthrop University's recycling
system and has the proper methods for separation and
encouraged people not to equate reduction with just
recycling. Waste reduction was encouraged to become a state of mind.
Offices were encouraged to make note pads of
waste paper, print on both sides of the paper, route
magazines and newspapers, recycle laser printer
cartridges, and use E-mail more frequently.
Students were asked to participate and volunteer, while encouraging others to recycle as
the success of the program, Winthrop University
expanded its recycling program to include the entire
campus. Currently there are over 156 recycling
bins in over 30 buildings. At that time, the
program was expanded to include magazines, cardboard,
received the second place South Carolina Clean and
Beautiful State Award in 1996. This award was
given by Keep America beautiful of South Carolina.
- In 1997, Winthrop University
was awarded a $3,500 grant from the South Carolina
Department of Health and Environmental Control.
This grant was used to obtain 120 28-gallon sturdy
containers. These were used to upgrade the
recycling containers in the centers.
- In 1998,
Winthrop University was awarded a $15,000 grant from
the South Carolina Department of Health and
Environmental Control. This grant was used to
aid in the purchasing of a truck used for the
recycling program and 600 14-quart recycling
bins. The new truck allowed for more frequent
emptying of recyclables. In addition, the
small bins were distributed to faculty and staff so
that recyclables would be easier to collect and
empty in the recycling centers.
- In 1999,
Winthrop University garnered the Best Collegiate
Recycling Program in the state. The award was
sponsored by the Office of Solid Waste Reduction and
Recycling at South Carolina Department of Health and
Environmental Control and Keep America Beautiful of
- The South
Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
awarded Winthrop in 1999 with a $10,000 recycling
grant. This grant was used to purchase a
chipper/shredder. This piece of equipment is
essential in closing the gap and returning nature's
waste to the ground as mulch-type material.
2000, the South Carolina Department of Health and
Environmental Control awarded a recycling grant of
$9,723 to Winthrop University. These funds were used
to purchase containers used in the collection and
disposal of recyclables, an eight yard dumpster for
shredded paper, a concrete slab for the container
and recycling fees for 160 old computer monitors.
Funds were also used to upgrade posters and
2001 the University was awarded still another
recycling grant of $9,406. We are using these funds
mainly to purchase an "Earth Tub". This
piece of equipment will allow Winthrop University to
start a composting operation at the Winthrop Farm
area. We are presently making arrangements with
Winthrop Faculty to include students in this
operation as a learning tool for the Biology
result of Winthrop University's W·E·C·A·R·E Recycling
Program has been outstanding.
Winthrop University, a community with over
5,000 students and 1,000 employees, was the perfect
place to begin a recycling program.
Considering the amount of waste Winthrop
produced in 1991 the need and responsibility was
certainly there to begin and maintain a recycling
University has accepted that challenge and in return
challenges any other school, company, or individual
to begin saving the world.