As members of the UT community and responsible global citizens, it is up to us to make UT a sustainable university. Some of the main things that we can do are to take advantage of recycling resources throughout the campus and pay careful attention to the amounts of resources that we use in our daily lives. The following are some simple ways that we can all make a difference.
What You Can Do
- Collect all of your recyclable items and discard them in any of the three single-stream recycling
containers, which are located behind Res-Com, next to McKay Hall, and in the northwest corner of
the Cass Building parking lot.
- All members of the university community are responsible for transporting items from their
personal recycling bins (dorm/office) to any of the main recycling locations on campus.
- Paper recycling is available in the Cass Building, Jaeb Computer Center, Macdonald Kelce Library, Plant Hall, Riverside Center, Sykes College of Business, and the Vaughn Center.
Bottle & Can Recycling
- 26 bottle & can recycling containers are now located in high-traffic areas around the campus. Bottles & cans can also be recycled and redeemed for consumer items via the Pepsi Dream Machines located in the Vaughn Center Courtyard and next to the Aquatic Center.
- Used batteries can be brought to Facilities Management in the Thompson Building.
Printer & Toner Cartridge Recycling
- Used printer & toner cartridges can be brought to the Jaeb Computer Center.
- Do not throw garbage or non-recyclable materials into recycling containers.
Monitor Resource Use
- Reduce printing.
- Print double-sided whenever possible and remind others to do the same.
- Print PowerPoint presentations with multiple (3 - 6) slides per page.
- Turn off electronics when they are not in use.
- Join a student environmental organization such as the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) or Environmental Protection Coalition (EPC).
For more information about SEAC contact Elizabeth Gallagher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about EPC contact Katie Robertson at email@example.com.
The Difference It Will Make
- Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 463 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, & enough energy to heat an average home for 6 months.
- Recycling just 2 aluminum cans will save more energy than most people around the world use in a day.
- Reducing the amount of waste that you generate will slow our dependence on creating new landfills. Landfills are the leading source of human-produced methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more capable of trapping atmospheric heat than carbon dioxide.
- Although Florida may seem like a wet state, with over 1,000 people moving here every day, the pressure on our aquifers is intensifying rapidly. Reducing water consumption will conserve this critical resource.
For More Information
- Visit https://www.ut.edu/about-ut/sustainability
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