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University of Tennessee Aims to Score Zero Waste this Football Season

The UT Recycling team will help educate attendees on what can and cannot be recycled and sort the trash that is left behind.

At the University of Tennessee, UT Recycling is aiming to score zero waste this football season. On game days, the university can generate approximately 21 tons of trash and in order to meet the zero waste initiative minimum, the university would have to divert 18.9 tons of that waste from landfill.

During game days, the UT Recycling team will help educate attendees on what can and cannot be recycled and sort the trash that is left behind.

The University of Tennessee Daily Beacon has more information:

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, but at the University of Tennessee, UT Recycling is aiming for zero waste this football season.

The standard for an institution having zero waste is for it to divert at least 90 percent of its trash away from landfills and into recycling and compost programs. Most of the strategies for achieving that involve UT Recycling dividing trash between what can and cannot be recycled.

On game days, for example, the university can accumulate 21 tons of trash. To meet the zero waste initiative minimum, 18.9 tons would have to be diverted per game. Jay Price, the Recycling Manager at UT, relies on a team of volunteers to accomplish this.

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