Recycling and Composting
Our goal is to convert our university into a Zero Waste institution by diverting at least 90% of all waste from the landfill through reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting practices.
The mug project is a campus-wide initiative to eliminate single-use containers and bottles by encouraging and incentivizing the use of reusable bottles and mugs on campus.
My Tiny Trash is a waste reduction initiative implemented within offices on campus in efforts to reduce the amount of waste to landfill and increase recycling rates.
The Eco To-Go program is a reusable container program offered in Southern Kitchen in efforts to reduce styrofoam and plastic takeout waste and encourage the use of reusables on campus.
The Green Office Program engages faculty and staff in a fun certification program aimed to help offices contribute to the University’s zero waste goals. The program supports offices in their efforts to Make Orange green through educational materials, financial resources, and an easy-to-use structure for goal setting and making progress.
The Grow Lab is a new campus garden that is a living laboratory to promote experiential and service-learning. Grow Lab demonstrates ecological food production methods and encourages community engagement.
The UT Recycling Free Store is a community-based resource meant to help UT students reduce their environmental impact and save money.
UT Recycling partners with Smokey’s Pantry, Goodwill and other area non-profits at the end of each semester to ensure that items students haven’t used during the semester don’t end up in the trash can. Instead, students can donate new and certain lightly used items in their residence halls during the move-out period.
Zero Waste Game Day is the efforts put on by the Office of Sustainability and campus partners to help reach our goal of keeping at least 90% of the waste produced at home sporting events out of the landfill through recycling, composting, and food donations.