What is Recycling?


Recycling is a three-step process. The first step is collection – that’s when you put your recyclables into the bin. The second step is manufacturing – when the recyclables are processed into raw materials that are manufactured into new products. The third step is buying recycling content products.

You have all seen the recycling symbol. The three arrows represent the three steps that complete the recycling loop.

Why should you recycle?

Recycling keeps valuable materials out of the landfills.  Recycling turns materials that otherwise would become waste into valuable resources. The recyclables you place in the bins or take to the drop-off center end up on the market as commodities that are bought and sold.

What do we recycle?

At the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the following items are currently collected to be recycled:

  1. Aluminum Cans
  2. Paper
  3. Plastic Bottles
  4. Cardboard
  5. Lead
  6. Construction site Metal & Iron
  7. Cooper and Brass
  8.  Aluminum

Please put the above items in designated recycling bins and not the trash.

Paper and other items that are acceptable to Recycle

  • White Paper
  • Colored Paper
  • Post-it Notes
  • Plain Bond Paper
  • Business Cards
  • Fax Paper
  • NCR Forms
  • Business Forms (Non-carbon)
  • Computer Paper (Green & Blue Bar)
  • Envelopes (Window & non-window)
  • Stationary
  • Letterhead
  • File Folders
  • Brochures
  • Shredded Paper
  • Magazines
  • Phonebooks
  • Newspaper
  • Metal Objects such as Lead-Copper-Brass-Aluminum-Iron

Paper and Items that are not acceptable to recycle

  • Labels
  • Carbon Paper
  • Spiral Bound
  • Tissue
  • General Trash
  • Food Wrappings
  • Film / Photographs
  • Styrofoam Cups
  • Paper Towels
  • Confidential Papers
  • Rubble
  • Glass

Recycle Bin Locations

  • Hyman Administration Building  62 S. Dunlap
  • Wittenborg Anatomy Building  875 Monroe
  • Crowe Research Building  874 Union
  • Nash Research Building  894 Union
  • Nash Addition   894 Union
  • Johnson Building  847 Monroe
  • Dunn Dental Building  875 Union
  • Coleman Building  956 Court
  • Cancer Research Building  19 S. Manassas
  • Molecular Science Building  858 Madison
  • Student Alumni Center  800 Madison
  • General Education Building  8 S. Dunlap
  • Pauline / Doctor’s Office Building  66 N. Pauline
  • Pauline Annex 70 N. Pauline
  • Lamar Alexander Building  877 Madison
  • Link Building  855 Monroe
  • Physical Plant Building  201 East
  • Physical Plant Shop Building 201 East
  • 910 Madison Building
  • 920 Madison Building
  • 930 Madison Building
  • Dudley Building  208 Dudley
  • Pharmacy Building  881 Madison
  • Guard Station  845 Beale
  • CDD Boling Center Building  711 Jefferson
  • Van Vleet Building  3 N. Dunlap
  • Mooney Building 875 Monroe
  • Variety Building 45 N. Manassas
  • West Tenn. Forensic Center  637 Poplar
  • Le Bonheur Hospital 3rd 4th 5th floods  50 N. Dunlap 848 Adams
  • Campus Police Building  740 Court
  • Regional One Health (The MED)  877 Jefferson

Large Areas of Recycling

Please contact us and we will supply you with large containers.

Recycling Days

Campus recycling days are Wednesday, Thursday & Friday of each week (except holidays).If recycle day falls on a holiday, it will be items will be recycled the next business day.

Phonebook Recycling

Phonebook recycling is when the campus will collect phonebooks to be recycled separate from normal paper recycling. Phonebook recycling will occur twice a year: once in December and once in May.

Campus Clean-Up Day

Campus clean-up day will be days designated throughout the year to encourage office clean-up and recycling.


Recycling Facts

The average person generated 2.7 pounds of waste each day in 1960. In 2000, the rate was 4.5 pounds-per-person-per-day. ---EPA Web Site

99 percent of all beer cans and 97 percent of all soda cans are made of aluminum. ---EPA Web Site

Paper and paperboard constituted the largest portion of the United States municipal solid waste stream in 1994, representing 38.9 percent of the total waste by weight. ---EPA Web Site

Manufacturing a can from recycled aluminum requires only 5 percent as much energy as making the same can from virgin ore. ---EPA Web Site

Recycling one tons of aluminum saves 37 barrels of oil. ---"Outline of Talking Points for NRDC Leadership Briefing." White House Council on Environmental Quality. May 19-21, 1998. Pg. 2.

Recycling paper uses 60 percent less energy than manufacturing paper from virgin timber. ---EPA Web Site

The lifespan of a can is six weeks on average. This includes the time it takes for a beverage can to be manufactured, filled, sold, recycled, and remanufactured. ---EPA Web Site

Recycling decreases emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change by decreasing the energy needed to make products from virgin materials, reducing emissions from incinerators and landfills, and slowing the harvest of trees, thereby maintaining carbon dioxide storage provided by the forests. ---"Puzzled About Recycling's Value? Look Beyond the Bin." Environmental Protection Agency. January, 1998. Pg. 8-9.

Nine jobs are created for every 15,000 tons recycled vs. one job for every 15,000 tons landfilled. ---"Outline of Talking Points for NRDC Leadership Briefing. White House Council on Environmental Quality. May 19-21, 1998. Pg. 2.

Did you know?

In one year, the average American:

  • Uses 100 pounds of plastic
  • Uses 37,000 gallons of water
  • Uses 800 gallons of gas
  • Produces 3,285 pounds of hazardous waste

 Together, Americans discard:

  • 30 billion foam cups
  • 1.6 million pens
  • 2 billion plastic razors and blades
  • 220 million tires
  • 1.8 billion disposable diapers

 ---MD Attorney General Consumer Paper

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