It’s Not Waste – It’s a Resource

August 15 / 164

The University’s Furniture and Equipment Reuse Service
The University’s Furniture and Equipment Reuse Service


The University’s Furniture and Equipment Reuse Service celebrated its biggest month in the history of the program.


In July, the Reuse Service reused 514 items from across the University with a total savings of $240,000, diverting 4.450 tonnes from the landfill.  


Co-ordinator of Reuse Services Nick Swan said the July results show the maturity of the reuse service and how far it has come. 


“The reuse service has nearly already matched the annual result for 2014, which was an amazing total for a year,” said Mr Swan. 


“These results show that the University of Melbourne Reuse Service is amongst the best in the world.”


Part of the reason for the increase in reuse numbers in July was due to refurbishment works at 757 Swanston Street.


“We managed to rehouse many good items. The amount of lead time for this project was longer than usual, allowing many items to find new homes,” Mr Swan said.


The University of Melbourne Furniture and Equipment Re-use Online Service offers a range of items for reuse and provides faculties, departments and affiliate organisations with a sustainable and economic alternative to purchasing new furniture or equipment.  

“Staff and faculties have embraced the Reuse Service as an ongoing resource from what was once a pilot program three years ago,” Mr Swan said.


The Reuse Service has recently taken on E-Resources, which includes laptops, PCs, monitors and other computer equipment.


“Our next goal is to have an interactive online platform for staff and faculties to directly share their resources with one another.”


Story by Monique Edwards

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