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PSU Reuse Programs

The Reuse Room is Portland State's on-campus resource for donating and acquiring used office, school, and home supplies. The Room relies on part-time volunteers, and the door is always open. Members of the PSU community are welcome to come in and find or donate supplies anytime.

Location: Cramer Hall 180 | We're open all the time, come on in!

Keep up with the Reuse Room via Facebook! The best way to hear about new supplies on hand, trends, or other reuse-related news.


Mug Runners is a water bottle and thermos collection program that partners with campus computer labs to divert abandoned, durable containers from the landfill and provide university members with a free, clean, reused and reusable option for drink containers. Freshly-washed bottles and mugs are stocked in the Reuse Room after collection.

Currently, Mug Runners visits the Millar Library, Cramer labs, Broadway lab, Student Recreation Center and Neuberger labs. If your lab would be interested in participating in this program, please contact reuse@pdx.edu  with your lab location and requested frequency of collection.

 

Pop-Up-Swaps bring the Reuse Room to various buildings and locations throughout campus, giving university members an opportunity to not just donate their unwanted items in a convenient location, but meet their fellow community members and discover the value of other people’s unwanted things. Anyone in the campus community is welcome to come and take free items, and leftovers are brought to the Reuse Room.

Why Reuse? Reusing items reduces waste and supports PSU's sustainability goals. From resource extraction and production to distribution and disposal, the life cycle of an average product has a huge environmental footprint. By choosing durable goods, and reusing existing products, we can greatly minimize impacts on our environment as well as save money. Thank you for supporting resource conservation and stewardship through reuse!

 



Chuck it for Charity:
Each Spring, students moving out of residence halls dispose of many usable items. Instead of sending them to the landfill, students have the opportunity to Chuck It For Charity! We collect gently used household items, clothes & blankets, and non-perishable food items to donate to charity.

In spring 2013, 4200 pounds of clothing and household items were donated to the ARC.

Donating to the Reuse Room

 If you have reusable supplies to donate, please make a work request for "Reuse Room Pickup." Student staff will organize and distribute the materials in Cramer Hall 180.  Feel free to bring items by the ReUse Room during open hours as well.

Interested in volunteering? Email reuse@pdx.edu

Reused Furniture & Equipment

The Facilities department operates the Surplus Property Program for larger items such as office and classroom furniture. Contact the Surplus Property Program manager to arrange a viewing of items in stock: x5-4921, or submit a work order to arrange a donation pickup.

Looking to borrow something?

Check out PSU's Item Lending Library, another department might have what you're looking for!