CSD will be rolling out an institutional re-use scheme across southern sites during June.
In October 2016, Commercial Services and Development began trialling an online process for cataloguing and redistributing furniture that is no longer required by various schools and departments across southern facilities. During the trial more than 500 unused items were re-used by areas that had been planning to purchase new items. These items included bookshelves, desks, chairs, filing cabinets and other items, saving more than $100,000 and reducing waste to landfill by at least eight tonnes.
Supported by CSD and the Sustainability Committee, the decision has been made to progress with a roll-out across southern facilities during June. This roll-out includes opening up the system to staff from across the south and gathering all ‘excess’ items stored in various locations into a central clearinghouse and inventory.
This launch of the online catalogue allows staff at Sandy Bay, Taroona and Hobart City campuses to create an account and begin claiming items as well as arrange for their own excess items to be claimed by others.
Stage 2 is anticipated to cover a greater array of materials such as excess office supplies and an expansion to include all Tasmanian facilities.
To access the Re-use Program and create a user account, click here.
For more information or help finding a new home for no-longer needed items in your areas, please contact: Kamal Singh, Sustainability Project Officer; email: Kamal.Singh@utas.edu.au