Resource Recovery is a branch of UT Facilities Services, and is responsible for the efficient reuse and redistribution of campus resources. We support campus in the implementation of programs to achieve UT Austin’s Zero Waste Goal.
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It's a bittersweet moment that we say goodbye to our interns! These twelve students have done amazing work and contributed to a number of zero waste initiatives on campus. Keep swiping to learn more about their accomplishments this past year!
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We recycled 584 pounds of single-use alkaline batteries from UT spaces at our collection earlier this month! If you didn't get a chance to recycle your batteries, stay tuned for the next collection.
Happy Earth Day, Longhorns! Our team loved getting to chat with you all about composting yesterday. Didn't get a chance to make it to our both? Follow this link to learn more about where you can compost: https://facilitiesservices.utexas.edu/divisions/support/zero-waste/waste-hierarchy#compostathome
Curious to learn more about what our student interns have been up to this year? Stop by the Turtle Pond on Tuesday, April 26 from 4-5 pm to hear from each project team about their accomplishments surrounding zero waste, composting, reuse, outreach, and more!
Zero Waste Hero is now live! Any current UT student can register for this self-paced certification program to learn life-long skillsets to reduce waste as well as what UT is doing to address zero waste.
Save the date! We will be recycling single-use alkaline batteries generated in UT spaces on Wednesday, April 13 from 8 am to 2 pm. Follow this link for detailed information on locations and to download a calendar reminder: https://sustainability.utexas.edu/events/279
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Our program and interns are award-winning! Over the past semester, we have received the following recognitions:
- State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) Cis Myers Leadership Award for the Resource Recovery Student Internship Program
- Standing Ovation for Aaron Torres, Ana Molina Amaya, Ryan Sporisky, Emily Reed, Morgan Laner, and Lindsey Hutchison for their assistance helping The University of Texas Longhorn Band set up composting
- Shout Out for Nick Garcia, recognizing the dedication and hard work inventorying materials for our blue recycling bin program
- Shout Out for Naomi Hagy, for receiving outstanding feedback from the Office of the Senior VP and CFO for assisting with composting needs
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Campus Race to Zero Waste is a friendly competition between universities to promote waste reduction. Help us improve our numbers by learning how to recycle right! Join us on our IG story on Tuesdays for waste sorting tips.
Alt Text: On the first slide, Did you know that UT Austin is participating in Campus Race to Zero Waste this year is written on the post with an image of a person reading a piece of paper next to a wheel with different icons. On the second slide: there is a blue trophy that says 2007 RecycleMania Waste Minimization University of Texas at Austin and the text Let's improve our recycling numbers and win another trophy! below it.
Ongoing battery collection at SSB G1.408AB will stop on February 18th as we move to a quarterly battery collection process. Save the date and your batteries for April 13th!
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Alt Text: Notice. Ongoing battery collection at SSB will end on February 18th is written on the post with an image of batteries in a cardboard box.
Interns with Resource Recovery get real-world experience through hands-on projects and activities that help reduce waste on campus. Here are just a few of the things our interns have learned this semester!
The ZWEco Supply Store, Resource Recovery’s new student intern-run shop, is now open! We offer a wide selection of certified compostable products, compost bins, and other items to help reduce waste at your event. Staff & faculty event planners, learn more here:
Student organizations interested in reducing waste at their events can contact the Green Events team with the Campus Environmental Center.
Our ZWEco Supply Store launches NEXT WEEK! Check out this article from FAS Times to learn more about how we support events in their waste reduction goals through our Zero Waste Events program:
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Are you interested in learning more about zero waste at UT? Students can now pre-register for Zero Waste Hero, a self-paced certification program launching Spring 2022!
Zero Waste Hero is co-managed by Resource Recovery and University Housing and Dining with support from Texas Sustainability Green Fund
Recycling is confusing! On Monday, visit our table for America Recycles Day to learn more about what kinds of plastics can be recycled and what materials cause hazards at recycling facilities. We'll be giving away reusable utensil sets (while supplies last)!
PLANing to learn more about Zero Waste? The Post-Landfill Action Network is hosting their annual Students for Zero Waste conference starting THIS FRIDAY! UT Staff, Students, and Faculty can register for free using the link in our bio.
Join us tomorrow at Speedway & 21st for a Campus Sustainability Month tabling event! Play a waste sorting game to win a reusable utensil set (while supplies last) and learn more about campus sustainability efforts from UT Outpost, UT Farm Stand, the UT Campus Environmental Center, and Zero Waste Hero.
The AASHE Conference starts today! Let us know in the comments what presentations you're looking forward to.
Start off campus sustainability month by registering for AASHE! As a UT student, staff or faculty member, you can attend the AASHE conference on Sustainability in Higher Education for free! The conference takes place from October 12th – October 14th and on demand access is available till December 31st. Visit this link to register and learn more https://sustainability.utexas.edu/events/266!
Awesome job, Surplus Property at UT-Austin and interns Mia, Alejandro, and Celeste!
Thank you all so much for supporting the hard work of our UT Student Intern Staff and our UT Surplus Property Staff! September was our best sales month ever for the UT Surplus REuse Store! ♻️🤘
Interested in phasing out single-use plastics at UT Austin? Here is an internship or volunteering opportunity with TEXPIRG to phase out single use plastics (cups, plates, straws, bags, utensils and more) at UT Austin. Student PIRGs is a non-partisan, student-run nonprofit that works to protect public interest and train student activists.
Check out our brand new interns who will be working on everything from event planning to working at the Surplus Property at UT-Austin Reuse Store to social media. We're so excited for them to learn more about zero waste and participate in hands-on projects at UT!
Please join us in re-congratulating UT Surplus Property Supervisor, Carlos Aleman as he was able to celebrate his accomplishments with fellow 2020 UT Graduates at Friday’s commencement reunion! Carlos was able to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree while working as a full-time UT employee and raising a family! 🤘HookEm!
The University of Texas at Austin is now a member of PLAN: The Post-Landfill Action Network network! Students, staff, and faculty can access zero waste workshops, leadership certifications, sustainable swag discount codes, and more. Shoutout to Texas Sustainability Green Fund for supporting this year's membership!
Thank you to Financial and Administrative Services, UT Austin for writing about our work to standardize waste bin signage across campus! We partnered with Texas Sustainability, UT University Unions, and University Housing and Dining on this Green Fund grant and are excited for the UT community to see this signage and database rolled out.
Students support Zero Waste efforts with signage and database guidance Achieving Zero Waste, a 90 percent reduction of waste sent to the landfill, is a long-term goal of the university. Although the reduction goal has not been accomplished yet, Resource Recovery Manager Bobby Moddrell said that the Zero Waste Program in Facilities Services’ Resource Recovery unit has...
Back on campus and ready to reduce waste in your life? Check out our collab article in Texas Sustainability 's September newsletter to learn all about programs to reduce waste at UT: https://sustainability.utexas.edu/news/waste-101-programs-know-ut-austin
Come see us at the Texas Sustainability open house today from noon-4 pm! Ask us your recycling and composting questions, and find out how to get involved with zero waste on campus.
Happy first day of class, longhorns! How many zero waste programs and activities can you check off this week? Be sure to tag us as you explore for a chance to win some sustainable swag!
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UT offers specialty recycling programs for items like batteries, lab-generated film plastic and Styrofoam, and more! Visit our website for a comprehensive list of outlets for these materials on campus: https://facilitiesservices.utexas.edu/divisions/support/zero-waste/waste-hierarchy#specialrecycle
We are so thankful to our summer interns for the work they have done rolling out signage, paper towel composting, and more! Interested in joining our team this fall? Check our Handshake page for open positions!
Sustainability Spotlight: UT Surplus REuse Store – Austin Creative Reuse At Austin Creative Reuse, we’re about more than just arts and crafts. We promote like-minded organizations to reduce overlap, increase awareness of city resources, and make it as easy as possible for our community to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!
Moving out of West Campus? Be sure to donate or recycle items you no longer need at one of 6 MoveOutATX drop off locations! Click here for a list of locations and acceptable items: https://www.moveoutatx.org/
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We are excited to present with Texas Sustainability at the Health and Wellness Expo this year! Join us on Thursday, July 22 from 11-11:30 for a sustainability update and learn about zero waste initiatives to implement in your workspace and events. UT staff and faculty can register via UTLearn: https://t.e2ma.net/click/0ephke/wz6hrnse/wzizgo
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