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Reuse on Campus. The University of Vermont Solid Waste & Recycling Physical Plant Department. Reuse Can Be Simple . Inter-office mailing envelopes. Don’t Forget the Small Stuff. Reusable CUPPS = “Can’t Use Paper, Plastic or Styrofoam” Cups. Two Reuse Programs at UVM.

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reuse on campus

Reuse on Campus

The University of Vermont

Solid Waste & Recycling

Physical Plant Department

reuse can be simple
Reuse Can Be Simple
  • Inter-office mailing envelopes
don t forget the small stuff
Don’t Forget the Small Stuff
  • Reusable CUPPS = “Can’t Use Paper, Plastic or Styrofoam” Cups
two reuse programs at uvm
Two Reuse Programs at UVM
  • Office Supply Collection And Reuse (OSCAR)
  • Student Move-Out Week
setting up an office supply exchange program
Setting Up an Office Supply Exchange Program
  • Location
  • Name for Program
  • Organization & Upkeep
  • Marketing
  • Feedback & Measuring Results

Elements for a Successful Program:

find a convenient location
Find a convenient location.

e.g., OSCAR room at UVM is centrally located in Campus Student Center. Easy walk for most staff.

a name for the program
A name for the program.

e.g., OSCAR is catchy; easy to remember.

organization and upkeep
Organization and upkeep

OSCAR is a “self-serve” operation. Staff can drop off or pick up free items.

marketing the program
Marketing the program
  • Initial postcard sent to clerical and administrative staff.
  • Periodic e-mail reminders to business managers list.
  • Staff newsletter.
  • Word of mouth.
  • Table at Purchasing supplies “expo.”
  • Link off recycling website.
feedback measuring results
Feedback & Measuring Results

OSCAR users are asked to fill out a log book.

  • Did you Drop Off or Pick Up Items?
  • What Items?
  • Approximate Value of Items?
  • How did you hear about OSCAR?
  • Will you use OSCAR again?
  • 150 staff members, departments and offices have used OSCAR.
  • $2,500- $3,000 saved in office supply purchases in two years.
  • Tangible way to promote reuse “ethic” on campus.
student move out week
Student Move-Out Week
  • An effort to collect reusable items that students would have thrown away, and donate them directly to local non-profit organizations.
3 categories of reusables are collected from inside each hall
3 Categories of reusables are collected from inside each hall
  • Clothing
  • Food & Toiletries
  • Small Household Items.
working with local non profits
Working With Local Non-Profits
  • Contact them way in advance.
  • Be clear about expectations.
  • Written agreement or commitment.
  • Provide them with a good map of your campus.
  • Have them pick up from one location, if possible.
working with residential life staff
Working with Residential Life Staff
  • Get collection areas set up early.
  • Agree on roles and expectations, put in writing.
  • Agree on rules for staff scavenging.
  • Frequent collection to minimize mess.
promoting the program to students
Promoting the Program to Students
  • Clear labels and signs:“tie shoes together” “no perishables”“no opened packages”
  • Posters, table tents in dining halls, RA newsletters, bulletin boards
  • Collection boxes in prominent locations.
in one week
In One Week….
  • Items were given directly to 12 non-profit groups in the area.
  • 3 tons of clothing
  • 2 tons of food & toiletries
  • 1 ton of small household items
  • 6.5 tons of loft wood recycled
  • 4 tons of furniture reused


  • 27 tons of couches still got trashed
  • Additional labor needed for the week.
  • We are expected to clear outdoor sites 24 hrs/day.
  • Arson
  • Most couches are in very poor condition; no reuse value.
For more info:University of VermontRecycling & Solid WasteErica Spiegel(802)