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 (any paper larger than two inches square including office and copy paper, magazines, newspaper, books, cereal boxes or chipboard, etc.)
  • Plastics (clean bottles, jugs, and jars with lids on)
  • 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 about the recycling process for the following items:

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

Informational documents illustrating the specific items collected at Winthrop University for recycling.

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 their locations by viewing this map (pdf - 4 MB).

Dumpsters for corrugated cardboard recycling are located at various locations around campus. You can find their locations by viewing this map (pdf - 5.2 MB).

DO NOT place the following items in recycling bins: 

  • Bagged recyclables - place recyclables in recycling bin properly and dispose of empty bags into WASTE ONLY containers.
  • Plastic bags (zip-lock, grocery, produce, food, and/or retail bags, etc.)  Clean, dry bags may be taken to retailers who collect bags for recycling.
  • Plastic cups (Starbucks, etc.) plates, utensils, straws, yogurt containers, etc. 
  • Plastic packaging
  • Flexible food pouches (made of multiple layers of material)
  • Plastic frozen dinner plates or bowls
  • Plastic packing material (padded envelopes, bubble wrap, plastic 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, plates, pizza boxes, chicken boxes, clam shells, etc. (paper products contain a thin plastic film coating)
  • Photographs 
  • Any recyclable contaminated with food or grease
  • 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.)  
  • Toner cartridges (these are processed separately)
  • Food (obviously food is not recyclable and it makes bins smell) 
  • Personal home recyclables (municipality's offer recycling and may recycle items Winthrop is not able to collect)
  • Foamboard 
  • Bagged trash

A printable WASTE ONLY poster (pdf - 2.15 MB) is available that illustrates the most common items found in recycling bins that are are not recyclable on Winthrop University's campus. 


DO NOT place the following items in waste bins:

  • Electronics (contact Office of Sustainability for instructions about recycling electronics)  

 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: 7/27/21