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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What if I have a large pickup, like furniture, wooden pallets or stacks of books?

 

If you have a special pickup, please complete the Recycle Request Form (link to form). Facilities Planning and Management will be in touch to accommodate your request. All UTC property must be reported to Surplus, and will be picked-up for redistribution or recycling.

 

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 and we can 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.

 

What CANNOT go in the recycle bins?

 

Styrofoams that are NOT marked with a recycle stamp, batteries; aerosol cans; paper frozen food containers; plastic wrap; messy food packaging; aluminum foil; plastic 6-pack holders; napkins; and just odd stuff.

 

Does this really matter?  Doesn't it take energy to truck those recyclables to the recycling center?

 

Yes, and yes!  REMEMBER:  The best, cheapest way to make a difference is to REDUCE YOUR USE!

Recycling reduces the use of non-renewable resources, landfill waste, pollution, and impact on the environment.It takes 95% less energy to make aluminum from recycled aluminum than from raw materials – 70% for plastics, 60% for steel; and 30-40% for glass and paper. Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, and 7,000 gallons of water.

Housing, University Center, the ARC, and Auxiliary Services have contract recycling pick-up through Orange Grove, funded by Student Green Fees.  Cans and bottles are collected together, and separated from paper.

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