Reuse is a group email list for exchanging free and for-sale items located at MIT or within the greater Boston area. To post, you need only send an email to the list, but be sure to read through the rules of use before posting. Please make sure any items with MIT Property Office stickers are deactivated (contact the Property Office at 3-2776). And please clean up any unclaimed items and dispose of them properly. Do not leave items in the hallway of your office building. The Recycling Office staff will remove the items for you and will reuse them if possible. Submit a request via the Atlas web page.
To subscribe to the MIT reuse list, go to http://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/reuse
What to do with leftovers? There is an email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, to use when there is food leftover after a meeting. In your email indicate whether people should bring their own plates to carry the food away.
Held on the third Thursday of the month during the academic year, Choose to Reuse is hosted by the Green Committee and the Recycling Office. In April, the event is held on the fourth Thursday to coincide with Earth Week. The purpose of the event is to extend the life of stuff and to preserve the Earth by sharing. The event is held in the TSMC Lobby of the Stata Center, Building 32.
MIT Equipment Exchange holds surplus lab, computer, and office furniture for reuse within the Institute. Items not claimed for on campus transfer are sold to the general public for reasonable prices. For more information, contact MIT's Property Office at 617.253.2779.
MIT Student Furniture Exchange (FX), a service of the Women's League since 1958, sells used furniture at bargain prices. All profits benefit the MIT Women's League Scholarship Fund. In order to continue this valuable service, the FX is always in need of donations of good, useable furniture, including sofas, chairs, tables, desks, beds, dressers, lamps, rugs, small appliances, cooking utensils, dishes, children's items, bikes, and more. All donations are tax-deductible and arrangements can be made for large items to be picked up. Contact: Phone: 617-253-4293, or .
An annual reuse project, Trash2Treasure, is a two-part program sponsored by the UA Sustainability Committee. The goal is to reduce the amount that goes into landfills by reusing. Materials are collected during the end-of-year move-out and either sent to local donation facilities or sold at a Fall Reuse Sale at the start of the fall semester when the students come to campus. .
The MIT Radio Society sponsors a Swapfest (aka "Flea @ MIT") on the third Sunday of each month, April through October. Buy, sell, and swap amateur radio, electronic, and computer equipment.
Both yard and food wastes are collected separately and sent off-site for composting, amounting to about 61 tons of organic materials monthly.
Yard wastes (grass clippings, woody materials, leaves) are accumulated by Grounds Services and picked up by a local landscaping company. The discarded yard wastes, amounting to about 580 tons per year, are made into nutrient-rich loam and sold back to MIT throughout the year for use in MIT's landscaping.
MIT's comprehensive food waste composting program picks up organic waste and compostable materials in all of the dining facilities on campus and some student residences and independent living groups. This initiative is a win-win situation for MIT and eastern Massachusetts' farmers, who are supplied with a steady feedstock of nitrogen-rich food wastes. The program significantly reduces waste with approximately 12.5 tons of food discards per month diverted from landfills and incinerators.
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Purchase a battery charger from Staples, MIT's preferred office supplies provider. A large charger handles all sizes: AA, AAA, C, D, & 9V; and all types of rechargeable batteries: NiCd and NiMH. From an environmental perspective, NiMH batteries are the best—these batteries are available in AA/AAA sizes, are compatible with alkaline voltages, and can be recharged up to a thousand times by inexpensive chargers.
Create a departmental area to exchange unwanted or surplus office supplies. Rent, borrow, or share large office and laboratory equipment, with other departments at MIT, contact MIT's Property Manager, Michael McCarthy, at 617.253.2779 or .