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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.
You can deposit the following items into our recycling containers:
* 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.
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).
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.
This is a picture of "Newspaper Only" recycling containers found next to newspaper stands.
In addition to the above items, the University also recycles the following materials generated on campus as part of normal operations:
For the following items, please contact the departments specified.
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.