If you’re an employee or student at the University of Oregon, there’s no need to pay for any of it thanks to the Reusable Office Supply Exchange program.
Also known as the ROSE program, it’s a self-serve resource on campus.
Anyone affiliated with the University of Oregon can donate office supplies and take them; all free of charge.
The program’s been running since 1992 and has since distributed more than $200,000 worth of recycled supplies.
“It probably helps to encourage the reuse mindset. If you think of the recycling mantra, it’s kind of an implicational scale and the words are reduce, reuse, recycle,” said Jim Fleck with the UO Zero Waste Program.
Items not taken or reused are donated to Saint Vincent de Paul.