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Recycling and Waste Reduction Guidelines

UTK Environmental Health & Safety Guide EC-020

This guide describe the program operationally managed by Recycling in Facilities Services.

Effective Date: 01/01/2009
Revision Date: 11/01/2016

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Purpose, Applicability, and Scope

Purpose – The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for recycling and waste reduction.

Applicability – This shall apply to all students, staff and faculty on the main campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This plan also applies, where applicable, to operational aspects in facilities leased by UT.

Abbreviations and Definitions


EHS – Environmental Health and Safety


Orphaned chemicals – chemicals that are deemed surplus, generated mostly by research activities, still have value, and may be transferred to another researcher.

Techno Trash – diskettes, CD’s, DVD’s, cell phones, PDAs, pagers, digital cameras, handheld games, CD players, and MP3 players

Roles and Responsibilities

Employees and students shall:

  • Identify item under their control that can be recycled
  • Participate in the recycling program
  • Make suggestions for process improvements to the Recycling Coordinator
  • Actively seek to reduce waste generation Recycling Coordinator shall:

Recycling Coordinator shall

  • Make recycling containers available to university facilities
  • Serve as the point of contact for contractors who remove recycled materials
  • Encourage recycling and waste reduction in departments
  • Disseminate information regarding recycling and waste reduction opportunities and outcomes to the university community
  • Collect and tabulate data regarding recycling and waste reduction


Materials that are recycled include:


  1. Lamps and ballasts (including fluorescent, HID of various types, LED, compact fluorescent, and others) by Facilities Services
  2. Rechargeable batteries by Facilities Services
  3. Metals (lead, copper, cast iron, etc) generated by construction and renovation projects by Facilities Services
  4. Orphaned laboratory chemicals by EHS
  5. Cardboard by Facilities Services
  6. Aluminum cans by Facilities Services
  7. Steel cans (food cans) by Facilities Services
  8. Steel aerosol containers by Facilities Services and EHS
  9. Waste cooking oil by Aramark
  10. Tires by Motor Pool
  11. Anti-freeze by Motor Pool/Knox County
  12. Electronic waste by Facilities Services
  13. Printer cartridges by Facilities Services
  14. Plastic containers numbered 1-7 by Facilities Services
  15. Mixed Paper of all types by Facilities Services
  16. Techno-trash by Facilities Services
  17. Green waste by Facilities Services
  18. Shrink Wrap by Facilities Services
  19. Pre-consumer food waste and coffee grounds by Facilities Services
  20. Wooden pallets by Facilities Services
  21. Carpet by Housing and Facilities Services
  22. Clothing and Household Items by Facilities Services/Goodwill Industries
  23. Non-perishable food by Facilities Services/ 2nd Harvest Food Bank

The recycling coordinator shall work with departments on campus to recycle materials that fall under the purview of Facilities Services that are listed above.

Recordkeeping and Data Analysis

Records shall be kept on the amount of waste that is recycled by Facilities Services on an annual basis.

Other departments that conduct recycling activities are encouraged to submit data to the Facilities Services Recycling Coordinator.

Summary data of recycling efforts is submitted to: The Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration

Training and Information Requirements

Information regarding recycling is disseminated to the university community periodically via UT media include the Beacon, UT Today and others.

Information regarding recycling is available at:


Regulatory Drivers and References



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