Sustainability & Recycling . . .
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.
Recycling bins are located in Residence Halls and
collection stations can be found outside several
academic buildings; below is a map showing their
materials can be recycled at Winthrop:
- Mixed office paper
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 poster
below for detailed information about what is
recyclable on campus. You may print and hang in offices and/or workrooms
to help remind others to recycle.
To ask specific questions
about Winthrop's recycling program, please contact
recyclables at Winthrop can also be recycled on
campus in select locations or by special request:
- Corrugated cardboard
(in designated dumpsters)
- Electronics (e-waste)
- Toner and inkjet
- Vinyl Banners (UpcycleLife)
- Food scraps composted
- Books (large
at 323-2389 with questions about
recycling process for toner, inkjet cartridges,
books, electronics, and/or vinyl
Specialized recycling at
Winthrop include the following items. These items
are processed by the
Office of Environmental
Health and Safety.
for more information about the proper procedure for
recycling these items.
- Batteries used on
- Smart classroom
- Fluorescent lamps
- High intensity
- Lamp ballasts
switches and alarm pull stations that contain
Winthrop cannot accept batteries used at home.
Click on the link below to conduct a search for
where to recycle batteries.
for information about recycling residential and
electronic waste in York
County and Rock Hill.
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
to field specific
questions about issues that building occupants may
have in their building. A list of
the volunteer in each
be recycled at Winthrop:
- Styrene (Styrofoam)
packaging or cups
- Paper towels and
- Candy wrappers or
- Trash bags
- Ziploc bags
- Plastic coated
drink cups from fast food restaurants or
- Any plastic not
marked with 1-7 (see bottom of plastic
container for recycling number)
- CD's or DVD's or
- 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)
Waste Recycling Plan
Winthrop University’s Sustainability Policy,
Recycling Plan has begun to be
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.
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
For additional information about
recycling at Winthrop University, visit the