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Week of July 8, 2013

University hosts office supply reuse event

Staff, faculty and local nonprofits are invited to browse gently used office supplies for free at an event hosted by U-M Waste Management Services, July 17-18.

The first-ever event promotes sustainability through the reuse of common office supplies from file folders, binders and staplers down to pens, pencils and highlighters.

The two-day event will occur 8 a.m. -4 p.m. in the Waste Management Services garage located at 1655 Dean Road in the North Campus Service Building No. 1. July 17 is reserved for university departments only, and nonprofits are invited to join in browsing available items July 18.

“The event offers departments the opportunity to dispose of gently used, but unwanted supplies, to free up space in their offices while making the supplies available to those who may have a need,” said Tracy Artley, sustainability program coordinator with Plant Building and Grounds Services.

“We’ll be paying attention to the level of interest in the event and the amount of supplies collected to determine if this is a service we can offer again in the future.”

Departments and units interested in contributing to the supply inventory are instructed to contact the U-M Recycling office via email at by Tuesday, July 9.

On Thursday, U-M WMS crews will pick up boxed items labeled “Office Supply Reuse” from building loading docks and trash-bin areas.

All new and gently used office supplies are accepted with the exception of broken supplies, furniture, electronics or items containing hazardous materials.

Units looking to dispose of electronics and furniture are directed to contact Property Disposition, or to create a post on M-Bay, the university’s free online trading systems developed by the U-M Health System.

The reuse event supports the university’s efforts to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and its overall commitment toward creating a more sustainable campus.

For 15 years U-M Waste Management Services has offered an office supply reuse program through routine collection of office supplies. In late 2012, the program was discontinued and greater emphasis was placed on more cost efficient methods for supply reuse, such as M-Bay.

For more information about U-M recycling, go to


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