Frequently Asked Questions . . .
Did you know?
- It is estimated that
every person creates around 4.7 pounds of waste
- 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
- A recycled glass bottle
can save enough energy to run a computer for 25
- Each ton of recycled
mixed paper can conserve energy equivalent to
around 185 gallons of gasoline.
- Recycling is a
multibillion dollar industry employing millions
- 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
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
- 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 &
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
If you have any additional
questions or concerns, please call
the recycling coordinator, Tim Hill at
or the sustainability coordinator, Chris Johnson at
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
How can I reduce the amount of paper I
use on campus?
In general, think before you
print. Do not print email unless necessary;
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
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”
Yes. Winthrop University
has approved a
Procurement Policy. The
purpose of the policy is to support the statewide
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
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
What can I recycle at home if I live in Rock Hill or
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
One available source available is
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
a mail preference service.
Click on the logo below to
access the website to get started.