Campus Sustainability

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Rechargeable batteries contain hazardous waste. Please do not throw them in the trash. Instead find a battery recycling station on campus.

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Recycling & Waste Reduction

The key to a successful recycling program at Washburn...

is the participation and support from the administration, faculty, staff and students.  Moving the campus towards sustainability will benefit everyone in our community with a cleaner, more attractive campus and will reduce trash which saves landfill space and natural resources.   The University also realizes an economic advantage if we consume wisely, reduce waste and reduce our energy footprint.  See how much we've collected so far.

Washburn University Collects Single Stream Recycling!

You can deposit the following items into our recycling containers:

  • All mixed paper products.
  • Plastics #1-7 EMPTIED and fairly clean prior to depositing - Leave the lids on.
    • Pop bottles, drink cups (like Solo), food containers, etc.
  • Aluminum and tin cans (pop or soup cans, etc.).  EMPTIED of liquids!
  • Cardboard and chipboard boxes.  Please BREAK DOWN boxes prior to placing them next to the recycling container.
  • Glass - any color.  EMPTIED and fairly clean prior to depositing.

* Pizza boxes or cardboard contaminated with food - ARE NOT recyclable and should be deposited into a regular trash can.  Coated paper milk cartons, Styrofoam, paper coffee cups and lids are also destined for the landfill (trash).  Click here for a detailed list of recyclable-vs-trash items.

The following are samples of recycling containers we have in various locations across campus.  The recycling is collected by the custodial staff.  If you have any large quantities of recyclable material or hard-backed books, please contact your building custodian or Shirley McClendon at (785) 670-1554, to schedule a pick up.

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Sample of recycle container.  This is a picture of the "cans and bottles" containers that are used during campus events and at the Union Market.  Plastics #1-7 EMPTIED and fairly clean prior to depositing (pop bottles, drink cups).

Sample of recycle container.This is a picture of  "Paper Only" recycling containers which are also called desk-side recycling containers.  Office papers (colored, glossy, computer, notebook, ledger), folders, time cards, newspapers, phonebooks, magazines and catalogs, pamphlets and brochures, paper bags and envelopes.  Envelopes with plastic windows are also okay.

Sample of recycle container. This is a picture of "Newspaper Only" recycling containers found next to newspaper stands.

Other Material Recycled by the University

In addition to the above items, the University also recycles the following materials generated on campus as part of normal operations:

  • Rechargeable Batteries (Lead acid, nickel, and lithium batteries)
  • Scrap Metal
  • Fluorescent Lamps
  • Anti-Freeze
  • Motor oil
  • Tires
  • Paint
  • Wood pallets
  • Yard waste/brush

Additional items are recycled through individual departments.

For the following items, please contact the departments specified.

  • Plastic bags
    • Drop off at Facilities Services.
  • Electronics
    •  Disposed through the IT Department.
  • Hard-backed books, recycled with TARC Industries
    • Place books in the container located at the Ichabod Center.
    • For large quantities please call Shirley McClendon at (785) 670-1554, to schedule a pick up.
  • Rechargeable batteries
    • Collected by the Garvey Theater Shop (Garvey building room 122) and Facilities Services.
    • Place in the container provided at each of these locations.
  • Furniture and Office equipment
    • Disposed through the Surplus Department.
  • Toner cartridges
    • With return labels;
      • Some manufacturers such as Hewlett Packard supply return labels with new cartridges, other manufacturers such as OKI require you to fill out return labels from their website.
      • Seal box and affix return label according to directions on the toner cartridge box or manufacturers website.
      • Either hand deliver or send box through campus mail to UMAPS (Maintenance Building 1, south end).
    • Without return labels;
      • Collected by the IT Department (Bennett Computer Center room 104).

Shawnee County Recycling Department has large recycling containers on the south side of Henderson Learning Resource Center, near the loading dock.  Each container is marked for "Cardboard", "Paper" or "Single Stream" and are picked up by Shawnee County. (The same items, Shawnee County residential curbside recycling collects, may be deposited into the Washburn University "single stream" recycling.)

We appreciate and wish to thank all Washburn faculty, staff and students for your continued help and support of the recycling program.  It is your support that has enabled the recycling program to collect over 3 million pounds of recycled material since August 2000.