ROSE Program, ReUSE Store Offer Secondhand Office Supplies for Back-to-Schoolers

Back to school season usually means buying school supplies. The University of Virginia’s ROSE program offers a cost-free alternative to anyone in the community.

The Reusable Office Supply Exchange program is designed to provide new and used office supplies to students, staff, faculty and community members. It offers a supply of pen, pencils, desk organizers, frames, calculators, sleeve protectors, mugs and cups, binders, folders, toner and ink cartridges, paper organizers and other office and school supplies. And everything is free.

“I call it ‘little Big Lots,’ because you never know what is going to be in our aisles,” Bruce “Sonny” Beale, superintendent of recycling at UVA, said.

The ROSE program, housed at the recycling office in the University’s No. 6 warehouse, across the street from 1490 Leake Drive, is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Beale asks potential customers to call ahead, at 434-982-5050, to make sure someone is available in the recycling office.

“We ask people when they come here to do three things – check in with us, sanitize their hands, and when they select the materials they need, let us weigh it so we can show the diversion rate from the landfill,” he said.

That, he said, is one of the primary purposes of the ROSE program: keeping material out of the landfill.

“It fits in with the three Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle,” Beale said. “If we can reuse something, then that cuts down on the new materials that need to be purchased and it reduces the amounts that go into the landfill.”


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