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ReThink: SAS Used Furniture Lifecycle Reuse Program

October 24, 2016

Through ongoing renovations and construction of new buildings, SAS has managed to divert much of their used furniture from landfills. The program started in 2014 and since then 10.5 tons of furniture has been reused and 27.83 tons of furniture has been recycled. This totals 38.33 tons diverted from landfills.

The used furniture that is no longer needed is added to a database and stored for 60 days. During this time Building and Department Administrators are encouraged to request available items. Following this, the inventory is offered to the Netter Center for Community Partnerships. If the furniture remains after these first two steps, the final step is for Revolution Recovery to recycle the unclaimed furniture.

This is a great way to reduce waste on campus, and is a program that could be replicated in other schools and departments. For more information, please contact: Paige Menees pmenees@sas.upenn.edu

 

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