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

Campus Recycling

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, glass**, and aluminum foil cannot be recycled on UT’s campus.

**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 dock 24 at 2121 Stephenson Drive.


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


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