Winthrop University: Office of Sustainability - Recycling - Common Items
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Office of Sustainability
349 Columbia Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29733
803/323-4295 (Fax)

Office of Sustainability


The following items are collected in designated containers for recycling:

  • Mixed paper (office and copy paper, magazines, newspaper, books, cereal boxes or chipboard, etc.)
  • Plastics (bottles with lids, jugs, and jars)
  • Aluminum and steel cans

The following items are collected separately for recycling:

  • Corrugated cardboard - flattened and place in designated dumpsters
  • Shredded paper - bag and keep separate from mixed office paper
  • Books - individuals may request roll carts for large quantities
  • Pre-consumer food scraps composted (Thomson Hall only)

Contact us with questions about the recycling process for the following items:

  • Electronics (e-waste) 
  • Toner and inkjet cartridges
  • Batteries

DO NOT place the following items in recycling bins: 

  • Bagged recyclables - place recyclables in recycling bin properly and dispose of bags into WASTE ONLY containers.
  • Plastic bags (grocery. produce, food, and/or retail bags)  Clean, dry bags may be taken to retailers who collect bags for recycling.
  • Plastic cups, plates, utensils, straws, yogurt containers, etc.
  • Flexible food pouches (made of multiple layers of material and are difficult to separate for recycling)
  • Plastic frozen dinner plates or bowls
  • Plastic packing material (bubble wrap etc.) If possible, reuse packing material.
  • Styrene (Solo cups, plates, clam shells, packing peanuts, etc.)
  • Glass - glass can be taken to one of York County's waste and recycling centers but must be separated by color and from other recyclables 
  • Paper cups, pizza boxes, or clam shells.
  • Loose shredded paper - bagged shredded paper is still accepted on campus
  • Any item smaller than two inches in dimension
  • Sharp items (needles, razor or x-acto blades, etc.)  

DO NOT place the following items in waste bins:

  • Electronics (all electronics must be recycled - contact Office of Sustainability for instructions for processing electronics)  

printable poster (PDF, 11x17) is available containing details about what is recyclable on Winthrop University's campus.

Recycling bins are located in residence halls and academic buildings. As well, collection stations can also be found outside several academic buildings. You can find the locations by viewing this map (pdf - 4 MB).

Contact us to inquire about recycling on campus, request a printed recycling poster, and/or ask specific questions about recycling unusual items.


Recycling at Winthrop University


Last Updated: 8/9/19