UT Recycling has stepped up its efforts to move toward its goal of “Zero Waste Game Days” at Neyland Stadium. Its goal for the 2014 football season was to divert at least 50 percent of the game day waste from landfills. After the first two home games, the unit has met this goal by sending more than 50 percent of game-day waste to be processed for recycling and composting for the first time ever.
UT’s recycling program has expanded to fraternity housing. The initiative, which launched last week, provides recycling containers in and around houses on Fraternity Park Drive. These containers are for paper, aluminum and steel cans, glass, and plastics.
UT Recycling will hold its annual Paper Purge Party March 10 through 14. During the event, UT Recycling employees will come to campus offices to collect unwanted bulky paper for the 2014 RecycleMania competition. All forms of paper are accepted, including hardback books, journals, paper with tape or staples, and spiral notebooks.
UT has kicked off its participation in the 2014 RecycleMania tournament, a national competition in which college campuses compete over eight weeks to see which can reduce, reuse, and recycle the most on-campus waste. Hundreds of schools and millions of students, faculty, and staff are participating across the US and Canada.
As part of its goal of recycling 50 percent of game day waste this year and making Neyland Stadium a “zero waste” facility by next year, UT Recycling is urging fans to take advantage of and participate in their many recycling initiatives. To aid this effort, recycling/trash stations have been placed throughout tailgate areas on campus.
UT’s recycling efforts got a big boost from the Alcoa Foundation. The foundation donated 1,584 recycling bins, valued at $5,000, which the university is deploying inside sorority houses, and inside and outside fraternity houses.
UT’s Recyclympics was featured by the Knoxville News Sentinel. In the spirit of friendly competition and going green, faculty, staff
Upgrading to a new phone, but not sure what to do with your old one? Since early February, the campus has been collecting people’s personal electronic devices to be recycled. UT Recycling is accepting cell phones, small batteries, laptop batteries, personal printer and toner cartridges, calculators, MP3 players, CDs and DVDs, power cords, and accessory cases.
The recycling totals are in and UT Knoxville is victorious. While fans may have been watching what was happening on the field this football season, UT Recycling, the campus crew in charge of recycling, had been working hard collecting cups, bottles, leftover food, etc. in an effort to recycle 50 tons of trash.
The grades are out and UT Knoxville continues its leading position among the greenest universities in the Southeast, according to the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card. UT Knoxville’s B grade for 2011 puts it in the top half among Southeastern Conference universities in an annual grading report by the Sustainable Endowments Institute. UT Knoxville’s overall grade is up from a B- in 2009.