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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

**Glass is no longer accepted in UT’s regular green recycling bins throughout campus. However, we can still take your sorted glass recyclables! Please bring your glass to our Public Recycling Drop Off outside docks 24-25 at 2121 Stephenson Drive.

Recyclable on UT Campus:
paper, plastic (bottles and #1-7), 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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