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Schools urged to join recycling effort

For the past 15 years, Eastman Chemical Company, Knoxville Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Waste Connections, Food City and The University of Tennessee have encouraged UT fans to recycle their plastic bottles and cups at every home game as part of the “Good Sports Always Recycle” program.

This effort has resulted in the recycling of more than eight million plastic cups, but just as significantly, the educational outreach portion of the program has provided schools across the state with recycling education materials, and 140 schools have been recognized for their recycling efforts.

Once again, Tennessee’s K-12 schools have the opportunity to showcase their recycling programs by entering the “Good Sports Always Recycle” school challenge. This statewide school outreach program encourages Tennessee students to do their part to help the environment by promoting recycling programs within each school. 

Schools from across the state are encouraged to enter their recycling programs in the “Good Sports Always Recycle” program. Ten schools will win $500 to improve their recycling program, a plaque, and a trip to the UT vs. Mississippi State football game Oct. 18, in Neyland Stadium. At the game winning schools will participate in a one-of-a-kind tailgate party with numerous special guests and then be honored on the field during the game.

In addition to the recycling challenge, the “Good Sports Always Recycle” program provides an educational packet (available online at that is intended to educate administrators and their students on the advantages of recycling. 


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