Big Changes in Campus Recycling!
Huge developments have recently been made in campus recycling. We hope that streamlining recycling and adding lots of new bins will make recycling on campus less confusing and more convenient. Please take a look at the new guidelines to see the proper disposal method for your waste.
BOTTOM LINE: We can now recycle plastics #1-#7 and metal cans in the SAME BIN.
Mocs recycling plastic bottles and soda cans in the same bin!
Here’s How It Works (in offices and academic buildings)
You are responsible for taking recyclables to central locations designated in your building.
- Recycle bins and blue bags are provided for those designated locations (thanks to funding from the Student Green Fees.)
- Paper collection bins should be placed by copy machines and shared printers. Paper should be separated from cans and bottles.
- Bins are also provided for aluminum and plastics #1 - #7.
- Facilities custodians (in most buildings) pick up the blue bags when the bins are full, and place them in a designated place outside the building after 1:00 PM.
- Recyclables are picked and taken as needed to local recycling centers.
Frequently Asked Questions
What paper can be recycled?
|Newspapers and inserts|
|Paperboard boxes (including pizza boxes!)|
Paper egg cartons
Address labels do not have to be removed. Tape, staples, and metal tabs should be minimized when possible. Paper should be separated from plastics and cans.
Can I recycle books?
Yes! Both hardback and paperback books can be recycled.
What plastics can be recycled?
All plastics numbered #1-#7! Including...
|Drink bottles and jugs||Screw-top jars|
|Yoghurt cups||Plastic grocery bags|
Bottles can even be recycled with their lids.
What if I have a large pickup, like wooden pallets or stacks of books?
If you have a special pickup, please email Charles-Hill@utc.edu. He can make arrangements to dispose of them properly.
What about glass?
UTC has a very limited amount of glass in academic areas of the campus. If you work in an area where you might generate regular amounts of glass, please email Lisa-Darger@utc.edu to discuss. Housing does NOT collect glass recyclables at this time. Students are encouraged to recycle off-campus at any one of the City of Chattanooga’s recycling centers. The Warner Park Center is the closest to campus.
What CANNOT go in the recycle bins?
Styrofoams, including to-go boxes and cups, batteries, aerosol cans, frozen food containers, plastic food packaging, plastic 6-pack holders, napkins, and other odd stuff.