Recycling Waste Audit Results

Waste Audit Pictures

On Tuesday, December 4th, SPEAK volunteers and Physical Plant employees worked together to conduct a waste audit. This audit took place in Thompson Boiling Area and lasted one hour. The Housing Department provided seventeen bags of trash collected from North Carrick Hall. This trash was collected from two floors over the course of two days. The goal of this waste audit is to show that materials that could be recycled at the SPEAK/SGA recycling bins make up a large portion of residential hall garbage. With easier access to recycling (i.e. the placement of recycling bins on each floor), there is a greater probability that more materials will be recycled, and in turn, less waste will be landfilled. The University of Tennessee is a teaching institute and a land grant college, and it is important that UT is a model of sound environmental policies for the entire state.

Waste Audit Results

Collected Material

Volume in Gallons

Trash

150

Paper

100

Plastic

50

Aluminum

65

Newspaper

25

Cardboard

40

Total

430




     

A total of 450 gallons of "trash" were separated into piles consisting of trash, mixed paper, plastic, aluminum cans, newspaper, and cardboard.


             

The total volume of each type of material was estimated by using 40-gallon trash bins.


The results of the December 4th waste audit show that 66% of the material thrown away on the two test floors of North Carrick could have been recycled at the SPEAK/SGA recycling facilities.