UT Knoxville recycled more than 63,060 pounds of cardboard, paper, plastic and cans — about 1.5 pounds per full-time staff person — last year during RecycleMania. Next week, UT is hosting its second Paper Purge Party, where everyone on campus is invited to get rid of their unwanted paper.
On a sunny and warm Friday afternoon in March, about 100 students and staff at UT Knoxville could be seen stacking aluminum cans, shot-putting phonebooks and throwing old Lane Kiffin bobble-head dolls down the TRECS intramural fields. It was all part of Recyclympics, an event that featured nine interactive activities aimed at bringing awareness to recycling on campus in an entertaining way.
UT Knoxville wants to beat the University of Florida Gators and help the environment at the same time. That’s why the university is hosting its first ever Paper Purge Party, where everyone on campus is invited to get rid of their unwanted paper. Every day for the week of March 22-26, volunteers with the Facilities Services department will be making the rounds to buildings on campus, going door to door and picking up paper for recycling.
In the spirit of friendly competition and going green, UT Knoxville is hosting its first-ever Recyclympics on March 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the TRECS Intramural Fields. Students, faculty and staff will compete in various events such as a recycled phone book shot-put, dumpster dive, aluminum can crush and recycle pong.