UT Recycling and Waste Reduction was founded as an operational entity within Buildings Services in 1993. Today, with four full time operations employees, one full time outreach coordinator and more than ten student interns, UT Recycling provides quality services to all campus buildings and makes continuing strides to minimize all forms of waste produced on, and removed from campus.
- Provides recycling collection services at all campus buildings;
- Provides compost collection services at most campus dining facilities;
- Promotes simple living and the Zero Waste lifestyle;
- Engages UT community through volunteer opportunities & educational programs;
- Contributes to the development of sustainable practices and planning.
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.
Recycling Manager Jay Price 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.
In addition to managing volunteers, Outreach Coordinator and CAC AmeriCorps member Bea Ross uses film, literature, and social media to educate the students, faculty, and staff about the simple practices of waste reduction. Bea graduated from Plymouth State University with a teaching certificate and B.A. in English.