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24/7 Public Recycling Drop-Off

The Public Drop-Off is located at 2121 Stephenson Drive Dock 24 and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All recyclable materials must be sorted according to the What We Recycle Guide, and/or the stickers located on each recycling bin.

History

  • The Drop-Off opened in 2014 to meet the needs of the UT and Knoxville community
  • Last fiscal year, UT Recycling diverted more than 3,175 tons of recyclable materials from the landfill, saving energy, landfill space, and preventing the need for new resource extraction: our Drop-Off was a big part of this effort

Purpose

  • At the Public Recycling Drop-Off, you can recycle materials like glass, printer and toner cartridges, batteries, E-waste, plastic film and bags, and scrap metal which are not acceptable through Knox County or City or Knoxville curbside recycling
  • The Public Recycling Drop-Off is located less than a mile from the Tennessee River–one of the most plastic-polluted rivers in the entire world according to recent data from the University of Tennessee.
    • By offering plastic and plastic film and bag recycling at the Drop-Off, UT Recycling is actively working to battle this problem.
  • The Public Recycling Drop-Off now has a permanent bin for donations for UT Recycling’s Free Store, a free clothing exchange for UT students

Local Benefits

  • Many of the materials from the Public Recycling Drop-Off stay local or at least within the region! Lots of our recycling goes to WestRock Recycling in Knoxville where the items actually get processed further and sold as commodities to the highest-paying manufacturers.
    • Scrap metal goes to PSC Metals in Knoxville
    • Cardboard often stays in Knoxville and goes to TAMKO to be made into roofing paper;
    • Paper often goes to Kimberly Clark in Loudoun, TN to be made into tissues, diapers, paper towels, etc.
    • Aluminum cans often go to Arconic in Alcoa, TN to be made back into cans or other aluminum materials.
    • Steel cans go to CMC in Knoxville to be made into structural steel.
    • Glass goes to Strategic Materials in Atlanta to be made into perfume or other bottles

If you have questions about whether or not something you would like to bring to the drop off is recyclable, email recycle@utk.edu or call (865) 974-3480.