What To Do With Unwanted Office Supplies?
The last few weeks I have gotten several calls from offices that are moving or cleaning out their offices that have office supplies they no longer want — file folders, dividers, hanging folders – but want to find a good home for.
Many schools have created Office Reuse Programs to fit this very need. Offices downsize, move, transition, etc. and they have perfectly usable office supplies they no longer need or have the space to store. No one wants to throw them in the trash, so the Office Reuse Program was born. This program allows offices to donate office supplies they no longer want to the program. They then store them in one location on campus. If offices expand, grow, want to restock their supplies without spending a dime, they go through the stored office items and take what they need.
A program like this is a great sustainability initiative! It saves offices money, eliminates the need to throw usable items in a landfill, and saves resources that would otherwise be needed to make brand new items.
As I think through how a program like this would run, where it would be stored, etc., I am looking for input from the UT community! What types of items would you seek out through an Office Reuse Program? Would you donate office items you no longer want or need? Do you currently have a stock pile of items that you are looking to get rid of? Comment below or send your thoughts to email@example.com!
Brooke Mason is the Interim Sustainability Specialist for The University of Toledo. A 2012 Bowling Green State University graduate with a degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management, Brooke is obsessive about environmental sustainability. In her position, she works on initiatives ranging from energy conservation, to recycling, to transportation, and much more. She is passionate about working with and educating students about the topic of sustainability. Everyday Brooke works to ensure the current generation can meet their need without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. In her spare time, she loves reading novels, oil painting, and exploring the outdoors.
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