OUR MISSION

Established as a part of the University of Tennessee’s Facilities Services Department in 2003, UT Recycling is designed for effective waste diversion operations and maximum campus participation. Diligent efforts are made to provide well-organized collection services, sustainable choices for materials management, and educational programs that are responsive to the needs of the students, faculty, staff members, and the surrounding areas. UT Recycling works with departments, organizations, and individuals to educate the community on the importance of waste reduction, and to encourage participation in environmental stewardship and UT Zero Waste initiatives.

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

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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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The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway