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Reduce and Reuse

Green Team Freecycle

While recycling is an important part of sustainability, reducing and reusing are event better!  Below find information about 

Reducing waste at events

The Events Scheduling and Support Office and the Green Team have partnered to bring you a "Green Events Guide," which contains tips for almost every aspect of event planning, for the green events beginner to the expert.  Visit the Green Events page to take our simple tips back to your office or student organization.

Tips for Reuse

Finding what you need without buying it new helps save valuable resources, and is usually less expensive.  There are a number of opportunities for both passing on unneeded items and "gently used" items at HLS and at Harvard.

Contact Facilities Management  

A first step for staff, faculty, and student organizations looking to either get rid of or acquire used furniture is to contact Facilities Management at facmgmt@law.harvard.edu or 517-495-5521.  Facilities may have just what you need already.

HLS Freecycle listserv

One person’s trash is another's treasure.  Does your office have surplus supplies it no longer needs, but which would be useful to another office? Do you have books, furniture, and other items from home you’d like to donate?  Join the HLS Freecycling e-mail list; to subscribe send a PLAIN TEXT e-mail to majordomo@lists.law.harvard.edu containing the text subscribe hlsfreecycle.

 It is helpful to use the following general guidelines when posting to the list.  Use the following subject line keys: OFFER, WANTED, CLAIMED, RECEIVED.  Replies regarding an item should only be sent to the original poster.  As a courtesy, send a brief e-mail to the list when an item is no longer available.  Please also note that HLS-purchased items should be redistributed for HLS office/organizational use whenever possible.  The HLS Freecycle listserv is a Green Team initiative; to learn more, visit the Green Team page.

Harvard Recycling and Surplus Center

From Harvard Recycling...

Surplus Furniture and other items are available at Harvard's Recycling and Surplus Center in Allston (175 North Harvard Street) every Thursday from 11am-2pm! If donating furniture, please instruct your movers to contact us 24 hours before delivery (e-mail rob_gogan@harvard.edu) so that we can receive and display everything safely. We can take material only from Harvard buildings which use our waste and recycling services, and we can never receive any trash or hazardous waste.

When donating file cabinets and desks, please unlock, open up and clean out all drawers. We cannot receive any furniture with unknown contents.

Please keep in mind that parking space limitations force us to be STRICT ABOUT PARKING RULES. Please respect our neighbors' need to maintain safe traffic flow around the Recycling and Surplus Center . When here for Thursday's Surplus Distribution, follow the parking monitor's direction and park only in designated areas. You may also park in the free spaces in the streets adjacent to the property. 

Everything is free, first-come, first-served and open to everyone.

Opt out of Mailings

Tip from an HLS Green Team member: call the  Mail Preference Service at 212-768-7277 to remove your name from most national advertising mailing lists!

Staff and faculty: to opt out of receiving the Harvard Magazine and Resource, log in to PeopleSoft, then go to Self Service and Harvard Publications.

Last modified: September 16, 2014

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