UT Recycling was established as a part of the University of Tennessee’s Facilities Services Department in 2003, and 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 UT students, faculty, staff members and 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.
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
Jay Price, Recycling Manager
Jay has been greening campus events since 2004, starting with zero-waste lunches as simple as pizza and soda where everything was consumed or recycled. He has coordinated events of 5000+ people and carried the trash away in one hand. He coordinates football game day recycling and all recycling and waste reduction activities.
Austin Reynolds, Zero Waste Coordinator
Austin started with UT Recycling in August of 2016. He majored in International Relations and French at Tufts University. He founded a farmers market while teaching English in France, and he also worked on a farm in East Tennessee before coming to UT. His main goals on campus are to increase composting and donations to food pantries while increasing awareness of the extent and impact of food waste on campus. Austin also serves on the Committee for the Campus Environment, working to write a Zero Waste Policy for the University of Tennessee. In his spare time, Austin likes to run trails, hike mountains, and climb rocks.
Gage Bradford, Information and Operations Coordinator
Gage started with UT Recycling in November of 2016. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelors in Communication. Gage has a passion for environmental sustainability and looks forward to helping UT excel in that area. He also serves on the Committee for the Campus environment, focusing on transportation for the climate action plan. His hobbies include soccer, basketball, and reading.
Jasmine Stefansky, Outreach Coordinator
Jasmine started working with UT Recycling in December of 2016. She majored in hydro-geology at Central Michigan University. In the past she has worked in water quality testing to ensure safe surface water and drinkable ground water. At UT, she hopes to build a more cohesive relationship between students on campus and the department of recycling. She’s also very interested in hiking and dogs, and hopes to spend a lot of time in the Smokies. Her favorite color is green.
Tony Hearon, Recycling Collection Driver/Compost Site Manager
David Brown, Recycling Collection Driver
Cody Hudson, Request Coordinator
Drew Donegan, Graphic Designer
Trent Williams, Compost Specialist
Brandt Tate, Social Media/Volunteer Outreach Coordinator
Brandt started working with UT Recycling in February of 2017. He is majoring in Environmental and Soil Sciences with a minor in Watershed here at UT. Brandt loves being involved with the community, campus, and world. He hopes to reach out to the students, faculty and staff at UT to educate them on the importance of recycling and the goals that we, here at UT Recycling, hope to achieve. Brandt loves being outdoors, painting, volunteering, dogs and traveling.
Garrett Woods, Information Specialist
Natalie Guffey, Special Events Coordinator
Haleigh Theele, Residence Life Outreach Coordinator
Parker Hamilton, Operations & Requests
Susan Shin, Facilities Outreach
Bevin Hardy, Athletics Coordinator
Adam Barbian, Operations & Requests