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UT Recycling Staff

UT Recycling’s goal is to convert the University of Tennessee into a Zero Waste institution by diverting 90% (or more) of all waste from the landfill through reduction, reuse, recycling and composting practices.

Campus Recycling

Recyclable on UT Campus:
paper, plastic (bags, bottles, etc.), glass, aluminum cans, cardboard, food waste, pallets, electronic waste, and fluorescent and CFL lightbulbs

NOT Recyclable on UT Campus: 
expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam), heavily contaminated food containers, aluminum foil

For a more complete list of what UT Recycling and Waste Reduction handles, view the UT Recycling Guide.

What We Do

  • Provide recycling collection services at all campus buildings
  • Provide compost collection services at most campus dining facilities
  • Promote simple living and the Zero Waste lifestyle
  • Engage UT community through volunteer opportunities & educational programs
  • Contribute to the development of sustainable practices and planning

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