In a partnership between the Office of Sustainability at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and green|spaces, the local nonprofit focused on sustainability and environmental stewardship in the Chattanooga area, a push is on to recycle batteries and light bulbs instead of sending them to local landfills.
Several options are available:
- Batteries Plus Bulbs, 5550 Highway 153, Suite 101, Hixson, TN 37343, (423) 874-1050
- Place your used batteries in your nearest Techno-Trash bin on campus. The white cardboard boxes are located in most campus buildings and are funded by student Green Fees. All items in TechnoTrashboxes is sent to a sustainable company for refurbish, reuse or recycle by GreenDisk. Alkaline batteries will be separted and sent to Batteries Plus Bulbs.
- For bulk, departmental battery deliveries, send them to the Administrative Services Building or complete a Recycle Request for pickup at: https://new.utc.edu/finance-and-administration/facilities-planning-and-management/sustainability/recycling/recycle-bin-request-form
To learn how TechnoTrash items are used, got to the GreenDisk website: https://www.greendisk.com/gdsite/faq.aspx.
Click this link for a map of TechnoTrash locations on campus: https://explore.utc.edu/?id=1826#!m/500454?ce/48939?bm/
Over the past five years, UTC has recycled more than 1,300 tons of material. Among the items recycled are laptops, cords, phones, print cartridges, keyboards, cameras, headphones, CD/DVDs, floppy disks, VHS tapes, calculators, even drones. Some items date as far back as 1970.
Recently, UTC has moved to single-stream recycling, which means paper products, metals, and plastics Nos. 1-7 do not have to be separated. Even if your Coke bottle has a bit of liquid in it, or your pizza box has an oil stain, they’re still recyclable. Put it all one of the many recycle stations/bins around campus.
Click here for history about our very own, homegrown company which is now the largest single-stream recycler in America. Incorporated in 1918 in Chattanooga as the first recycled paperboard mill in the South. https://www.westrock.com/
Click here for a map of recycling bins, noting there are many other small collection bins throughout campus, including new stations at Lupton Hall: https://explore.utc.edu/?id=1826#!m/506259?ce/48840?bm/