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WHAT: Kickoff of name design contest for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s new recycling truck.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 15.

WHERE: Johnson-Ward Pedestrian Mall.

BACKGROUND: America Recycles Day will kick off the contest for students to create a name design that will be displayed on the campus’s new recycling truck.

The winning truck name design should serve as a symbol to help increase the visibility of environmental sustainability at the university. Entries for the contest are due by Dec. 20.

At Monday’s event, students are encouraged to check out the truck, get design ideas and answer a few trivia questions about recycling. Students who answer correctly will receive “I Recycle” T-shirts from UT Recycling.

Hot chocolate and cookies will be available at the event.

America Recycles Day is dedicated to educating the public about the need to recycle.

“Recycling is so important for the UT campus because we generate so much trash,” said Jay Price, environmental coordinator of facilities services. “Recycling is significantly reducing the amount of material that we’re paying to send to the landfill. Recycled resources go on to have another life. By recycling we also reduce the energy and other resources needed to create products in the first place.”

Another campus event celebrating America Recycles Day is a litter clean-up in Fort Sanders.

For more information on designing the truck and how to submit entries, visit


Bridget Hardy (865-974-2225,