In addition to a bowl game win, UT finished the season ranked second nationally in the “Total Recycling” category of the 2014 national GameDay Recycling Challenge. The GameDay Recycling Challenge is a competition that invites universities nationwide to see which can produce the least amount of waste on campus during football games.
UT Recycling News
UT Recycling has opened the only officially designated public recycling drop-off site on campus. UT students, faculty, and staff are invited to drop off their recyclable materials at Dock 25 of the Fleming Warehouse, 2121 Stephenson Drive.
On October 23, the campus will celebrate Sustainability Day, a showcase of the sustainable initiatives taking place in and around campus and the Knoxville community.
Steps are being taken to reduce food waste at Neyland Stadium while helping those in need throughout the Knoxville community. UT Recycling, in partnership with the UT Food Recovery Network and ARAMARK, donated 606 pounds of food to the Second Harvest Food Bank after the last home football game of the season.
UT fans recycled their way to second place in the Southeastern Conference in the Game Day Recycling Challenge, a friendly recycling competition among US colleges and universities. UT Recycling took on the challenge to increase recycling and composting at football games, to shrink its environmental footprint, and to broaden sustainability efforts.
Right across the river from campus, the UT Composting Facility is diverting organic waste from landfills by transforming it into nutrient-rich soil. UT Recycling Manager Jay Price says the task of composting on site is something very few universities take on.
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.
Greenhouse gases, meet your match. Last September through November, UT competed in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Game Day Recycling Challenge, finishing first in the greenhouse gas reduction category, and two other categories.
What do you do with those old cell phones you can’t use anymore? Or the laptop that has outlived its usefulness? Bring them to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on Saturday, May 19, to be recycled.
More than a quarter-ton of paper, a half-pound of food waste, and 1.25 pounds of plastic bottles and aluminum cans per faculty, staff, and student. That’s just a sample of what the campus collected in this year’s RecycleMania competition. In total, the campus community collected 299,000 pounds of recyclable material and finished fourth in the Southeastern Conference in the Per Capital Classic category.