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To read more about the sustainable practices at Winthrop University click on the individual topics listed above.  Each page contains general information about the various strategies implemented.  Clicking on the green highlighted items will link you to more detailed information.  


Sustainability & Frequently Asked Questions . . .

Did you know?

  • It is estimated that every person creates around 4.7 pounds of waste every day.
  • Recycling an aluminum preserves enough energy required to run a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours or a TV for 2 hours. 
  • About 125 recycled aluminum cans save enough energy required to supply power to one home for one day.
  • A glass bottle takes approximately 1 million years to decompose in a landfill.
  • A recycled glass bottle can save enough energy to run a computer for 25 minutes.
  • Each ton of recycled mixed paper can conserve energy equivalent to around 185 gallons of gasoline.
  • Recycling is a multibillion dollar industry employing millions of people.
  • The annual national recycling rate of 34.7% saves nearly 229 million barrels of oil and avoids emissions equivalent to removing more than 34 million cars from the road each year. 

What are the six R's of Recycling?

  • Rethink how choices are made and question what the impact to social welfare, ecological integrity, and economic vitality during the product's life cycle.
  • Refuse to use or purchase items that are not useful both in the short-term and long-term.
  • Reduce the number of items purchased especially if the items is an quick impulse.
  • Reuse items that can be sold again or used in some other way without changing the form of the item.
  • Repair items if they are torn or broken.
  • Recycle only after other options are not viable.

Why is recycling important? 

Recycling offers many benefits towards evolving towards advancing economic vitality, ecological integrity, and social welfare.

  • Saves energy & natural resources because less energy is required to process recycled waste than to use virgin natural resources.
  • Saves money and land space because recycling our waste is less expensive when compared to creating and operating new landfills
  • Reduces air and water pollution that is linked to decomposing waste.
  • Reduces GHG emissions
  • Creates jobs
  • Preserves wildlife & habitat

This image is of items discarded by Winthrop students during move out at the end of the 2011/12 academic year. Much of this 'trash' could have been recycled or donated. What else do you notice about the 'trash' that was discarded?

What can I recycle on campus? 

In general, you can recycle mixed office paper, newspaper, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, plastic grocery bags, corrugated cardboard, printer cartridges, batteries, light bulbs, and office electronics.  It is okay to recycle sticky notes as well as paper with paper clips and staples.  Special recycling collection efforts are also done during move-in and move-out from the residence halls.

Click on the Recycling or Facilities & Operations tab to the left for more current recycling information.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please call the recycling coordinator, Tim Hill at 323-2318 or the sustainability coordinator, Chris Johnson at 323-2389.

Where do I recycle materials on campus?

Locations of collection bins vary from building to building.  If you don’t find what you are looking for the sustainability coordinator, Chris Johnson at 323-2389.

Corrugated cardboard recycling bins were located near the residence halls during move-in.  But they have disappeared.  What happened?

Extra bins are brought to campus during move-in to collect a rather large influx of corrugated cardboard.  Permanent locations are located at Dinkins, Thomson Cafeteria, Sims, and McBryde Hall.

How can I reduce the amount of paper I use on campus?

In general, think before you print.  Do not print email unless necessary; print on both sides of paper; communicate through email instead of paper memos; use the web page for class administration purposes; and, have assignments submitted electronically where possible.  Many forms on campus are now being converted to electronic submission.

How are the residence halls doing their part to be more sustainable?

Residence Life sponsors three residence hall floors as Environmental Issues Academic Success Communities; provides recycling bins in every student room; provides recycling stations in every lobby or designated trash areas in the residence halls; participates in the RecycleMania, a national recycling competition; encourage Resident Assistants do programming on sustainable issues; and, have developed and implemented on-line procedures to eliminate departmental forms and files on student and operational issues.

Does Winthrop purchase “green” products?     

Yes.  Winthrop University has approved a Sustainable Procurement Policy.  The purpose of the policy is to support the statewide Green Purchasing Initiative per the SC Senate Bill 1497 by purchasing products that minimize the harmful effects of their use and final disposition upon the environment. Winthrop University recognizes that the purchasing decisions of our employees can make a difference in favor of environmental quality. We prefer the purchase of environmentally preferable products whenever they perform satisfactorily and are available at a reasonable price.

 Prior to approving the Sustainable Procurement Policy, Winthrop purchased paper products (office and otherwise) with recycled content, use furniture vendors who include recycled content in their products, and use low VOC (volatile organic compound) paint.

What can I recycle at home if I live in Rock Hill or York County?

Recycling processes are different depending on where you live.   Go to the following links for answers about recycling at home.

How do I stop junk mail?

One available source available is DMAchoice™, an online tool developed by the Direct Marketing Association to help you manage your mail.  Click on the logo below to access the DMAchoice™ website to get started reducing the junk mail you receive in you mailbox.  

Another source available is TrustediD, a mail preference service.  Click on the logo below to access the website to get started.    



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