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.
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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.
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 RecycleMania competition is entering its eighth and final week and the campus is celebrating the milestone by focusing on compostable food waste. At three zero-waste events this week, employees and volunteers from UT Recycling and Volunteer Dining will work together to compost 100 percent of leftover food.
RecycleMania, the waste-reduction competition between colleges nationwide, continues at UT this week with one of the campaign’s most enjoyable events: Recyclympics. Recyclympics combines athletic prowess with plastics, paper, and cans to help spread awareness of campus recycling. The event begins at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Humanities Plaza outdoor amphitheater.
Each day of spring break, from March 19 to 23, UT Recycling will host the annual Paper Purge Party. UT Recycling will be going around campus, building by building, collecting as much non-confidential, recyclable paper from UT faculty and staff members as possible.
Have you ever wanted to know where all your trash and recyclables end up? Faculty, staff, and students are invited to jump on the Make Orange Green bus and join UT Recycling for a tour of the Chestnut Ridge Landfill and Rock-Tenn Recycling Center. The tour is scheduled for noon to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 5.