|Submission Date||Feb. 20, 2013|
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
OP-T2-38: Materials Exchange
Does the institution have a surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials?:
A brief description of the program:
UNCG has two programs to address surplus goods. The first, SpartanSwap, allows individuals to post items a department no longer needs to a university website so that they may be claimed prior to being moved to the surplus warehouse or the landfill. SpartanSwap is entirely user- maintained, giving employees the ability to add or delete campus-wide listings for items as they are procured by or delivered to other departments.
In the second program, surplus items are offered by UNCG Warehouse Services. Surplus property that is not
claimed within the SpartanSwap program, as well as other surplus goods, are stored at the warehouse and made
available free of charge via transfer to campus departments. The property is also offered to other state agencies and not-for-profit organizations. Finally, the general public may purchase these items during monthly Public Surplus Sales.
The "Got Surplus?" program streamlines this process. Warehouse Services has created this online inventory that
is updated as new items are submitted. This inventory can be viewed online by any UNCG employee. When a new item is submitted, an automated email is sent to the warehouse with dynamically generated barcodes for the item. Users receive an email copy of their submission so no paper form is needed. This allows the warehouse staff to accurately track items that move through the warehouse and to the public sale.
The website URL where information about the program is available:
Information received from Ben Kunka, Manager of the UNCG Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling and Daniel Todd, UNCG Environmental Affairs Manager.