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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 & Recycling . . .

The following materials can be recycled at Winthrop:

  • Mixed office paper (magazines, newspaper, books, etc.)
  • Shredded paper (keep separate from mixed office paper)
  • Plastics with numbers 1-7 (no styrene)
  • Aluminum and steel cans

When recycling, look for these recycling signs:

Waste is material that will be sent to landfill and is not recyclable.

Click the image below for a printable poster to hang in offices and/or workrooms to help remind folks about what items to recycle.

Recycling bins are located in Residence Halls and Academic Buildings. As well, collection stations can also be found outside several academic buildings; below is a map showing their location.

To ask specific questions about Winthrop's recycling program, please contact  Chris Johnson at 323-2389.


Other common items recycled at Winthrop . . .

  • Corrugated cardboard (in designated dumpsters)
  • Electronics (e-waste)
  • Toner and inkjet cartridges
  • Vinyl Banners (UpcycleLife)
  • Food scraps composted (Thomson only)
  • Books (large quantities)
Contact Chris Johnson at 323-2389 with questions about recycling process for toner, inkjet cartridges, books, electronics, and/or vinyl banners.


Specialized recycling at Winthrop include the following items. These items are processed by the Office of Environmental Health and SafetyContact Mitzi Stewart for more information about the proper procedure for recycling these items.

  • Batteries used on campus
  • Smart classroom projection bulbs
  • Fluorescent lamps
  • High intensity discharge lamps
  • Lamp ballasts
  • Thermostats, switches and alarm pull stations that contain mercury
Unfortunately, Winthrop cannot accept batteries used at home.  Click on the link below to conduct a search for where to recycle batteries.

Click here for information about recycling residential and electronic waste in York County and Rock Hill.


WECARE Building Representatives in each building are available to the assist the Sustainability Committee communicate more effectively when integrating sustainable practices and address issues in those buildings where a sustainable practices are not being followed.   This program also will  allow the WECARE Building Representatives to field specific questions about issues that building occupants may have in their building.  A list of WECARE Building Representatives is available that lists the volunteer in each building. 


The following items CANNOT be recycled at Winthrop:

  • Styrene (Styrofoam) packaging or cups
  • Paper towels and tissues
  • Candy wrappers or chip bags
  • Trash bags
  • Ziploc bags
  • Plastic coated drink cups from fast food restaurants or coffee shops
  • Any plastic not marked with 1-7 (see bottom of plastic container for recycling number)
  • CD's or DVD's or jewel cases
  • Pizza boxes (tear top off and recycle if there is no grease contaminating the cardboard)
  • Three ring binders (remove and recycle paper contents; reuse binders or donate)
  • Food


Centralized Waste Recycling Plan

Consistent with Winthrop University’s Sustainability Policy, a Centralized Waste and Recycling Plan has begun to be implemented.  The main goal of the plan is to install centralized waste and recycling stations to divert waste from the landfill. By removing trash cans from classrooms and providing centralized collection stations, individuals will more readily choose to recycle. Personal behaviors will change which will support both campus and state sustainability initiatives.  Additional benefits of this plan will be the reduction of overall costs through improved energy efficiency and the improvement of campus safety.


For additional information about recycling at Winthrop University, visit the Facilities Management web page.


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