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Get a deal at surplus property, computer sale and support RecycleMania

By Kim Urquhart | Emory Report | Feb. 21, 2013

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Example of items for sale at Emory Surplus Property. Photo by Kim Urquhart.

Emory Surplus Property is having a sale to support Emory's participation in RecycleMania, a competition between college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.  

Now through March 31, surplus property and computers are on sale for 50 percent off.  

The computer sale includes a monitor, keyboard and mouse, loaded with the Windows XP operating system, for $75.  

Surplus property such as desks, chairs, lamps, file cabinets and furnishings are also on sale now as part of Emory's participation in RecycleMania. For eight weeks, Emory will compete against other colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada to report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week to win various categories.  

Personal purchases and departmental donations to Emory Surplus Property helps support Emory's sustainability vision through the resale of use Emory property, prolonging furniture life and decreasing waste.  

"Our main objective is two-fold: People get value out of the items, and we keep it out of the landfill," explains Milton Thomas, supervisor for Emory Surplus Property.  

In FY2012, Emory Surplus Property diverted 48.25 tons of waste from the landfill.  

Emory's surplus property is available for resale to Emory faculty, staff and students.

Clients can visit the warehouse, located on the Briarcliff Campus in Building A, or browse items for sale online (from an on-campus computer).  

Other events and programs at Emory during RecycleMania include:

  • Compost Challenge: Emory schools of business, law, public health and medicine are rallying students and staff to increase total composting by 10 percent.

  • Composting Expanded Service: Emory Dining is expanding recycling and composting campuswide.

  • Recycling Competition: All fraternity houses are outfitted with recycling containers and prizes will be awarded to greatest volume increase in diversion from landfill; and Building and Residential Services competes by building for greatest increase in waste diversion.

  • Presentation Submission Challenge: Emory students compete for a $200 gift card to Whole Foods and an opportunity to serve on the Office of Sustainability's Waste Committee, by submitting ideas on the theme "Waste Reduction Challenge: How to achieve 65 percent waste diversion by 2015?"

The 2013 RecycleMania Tournament concludes on March 31.  

"At the end of March we hope to have something to celebrate," says James Harper, program administrative assistant for Auxiliary Services, which includes recycling and surplus. "Students make the difference."