June 3, 2009 | Atlanta, GA
Georgia Tech is taking an earth-friendly and budget-friendly approach to office supplies with the expansion of its one-day office supply exchange event to a year-round program, Office Supply Exchange 365.
Under the guidance of the Office of Solid Waste Management and Recycling's Manager, Cindy Jackson, Office Supply Exchange 365 allows all departments on campus to donate unused and unwanted office supplies in exchange for other needed supplies. Office Supply Exchange 365 is a free service - there is no charge to donate or shop for supplies.
Shoppers will place orders through an online catalog. Once processed, orders will be available for pick up at the Office of Solid Waste Management and Recycling. Shoppers will be notified by e-mail when their orders are available.
With a tentative launch date in July, Office Supply Exchange 365 is concentrating on building its inventory. Georgia Tech student and supply exchange coordinator Tara Bryant schedules all drop-offs and pick-ups. Departments interested in making a donation should contact her at email@example.com.
The success of previous Office Supply Exchanges as well as Georgia Tech's commitment to sustainability and fiscal responsibility led to the establishment of Office Supply Exchange 365. The mission of the Office of Solid Waste Management and Recycling is to encourage and expand recycling, waste diversion and reuse programs and promote efforts to decrease the amount of waste produced on the Georgia Tech campus in order to ultimately reduce the amount of waste Georgia Tech landfills.
According to the Office of Solid Waste Management and Recycling, the most recent office supply exchange inventory totaled $7,891.25 and diverted hundreds of pounds of waste from landfills. Inventory items included 906 three-ring binders, 25 letter trays, 23 printer and toner cartridges, and 38 notebooks.