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Zero Waste

Fast Facts

  • UT currently diverts 33% of its waste through reuse, recycling, composting, and donations
  • Achieving 50% will save UT about $90,000 in waste collection and disposal fees annually
  • UT is one of the first schools in the SEC to formally commit to a Zero Waste goal of this kind


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville has committed to divert 50% of its waste from the landfill by 2030, as announced by Chancellor Donde Plowman in January 2020. Reaching this goal will be our first step toward becoming a Zero Waste institution.

Read the Commitment Press Release


Current Efforts


Future Efforts

Here are some of our goals for the next 10 years. Learn more by reading the full Zero Waste Commitment.


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Environmentally-Preferable Purchasing

 Eliminate single-use disposables wherever possible and establish sustainable purchasing guidelines.

If you have any questions about the commitment or how your department can help the university reach this goal, please email