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Liaison Jenny McNamara
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2011
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Portland State University
Tier2-1: Materials Exchange

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired PJ Houser
Office Assistant
Campus Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have a surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials?:
Yes

A brief description of the program:

PSU ReUse Room
Location: Cramer Hall Rm. 180
Hours: 10:00-2:00 Monday thru Thursday

PSU Recycles! collects and redistributes gently used, surplus office supplies for free that would otherwise be recycled or thrown out.

A few examples of reusable materials are:
* 1/2" to 2" Binders
* File Folders
* Pens/Pencils
* Desktop File Organizers
* Staplers/staples
* Paper clips
* Paper

ReUse is an essential component of managing waste. Here's why:
* As we consume fewer new materials, we minimize our impact on the Earth's limited natural resources.
* Finding a second use for materials reduces the trash volume. Ultimately, this saves money through lower trash-hauling fees.
* Student groups, faculty, and staff save money by reusing supplies rather than buying them new.

The PSU ReUse Room is run by volunteers from the university to help manage waste throughout campus. The ReUse room is dependent on volunteers and donations to help make this campus a more sustainable environment

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Surplus Department

Captures surplus furniture but is only available to departments, not students. Some things are sold on Craigslist and/or sent to Corvallis, which has the central warehousing for Oregon universities.


The website URL where information about the program is available:

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