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In the spirit of friendly competition and going green, UT is hosting Recyclympics. Faculty, staff, and students will compete in six Olympic-style recycling-themed events and win prizes. Crowd-pleasing favorites include the phonebook shot put, plastic bottle free throw, and bottle-cap-in-a-haystack.

The competition is 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on March 12 in the Humanities/Social Sciences amphitheater.

Recyclympics promotes UT’s participation in RecycleMania, in which colleges across the nation and Canada are ranked in an eight-week competition based on the amount of recycling and trash collected each week.

UT is battling the University of Florida Gators for the third year in a row to see who can recycle the most. The latest tally shows the Volunteers trailing the Gators. The Recyclympics is the Vols’ chance to boost excitement about recycling and improve UT’s standings before RecycleMania ends on March 27.

To sign up for Recyclympics and for more information about the event, visit UT’s Recyclympics page.

RecycleMania aims to increase recycling participation by students, faculty, and staff and raise awareness about the significance of waste reduction programs on campuses. To learn more about the tournament and keep current on scores, visit the Recyclemaniacs website.

C O N T A C T :

Jay Price (865-974-3480,

Whitney Heins (865-974-5460,