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Mark your calendar now for our winter term Repair Fairs

January 2nd, 2014

The Repair Fairs are back for 2014 and we will once again offer two for the term. Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss your opportunity to get free repair help for your broken belongings and watch repair demos!

Repair Fairs will continue to be held at the Recycling Warehouse at 644 SW 13th Street in winter term and will take place on:

  • Thursday, January 23rd at 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, February 19th at 5:30-7:30 pm

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A list of specific repair skills and demos on offer will be available in the early part of each month (repair skills will likely include appliances, clothing, electronics, housewares and more).

Join the events on Facebook (January here and February here) and/or check our website to get updates as they become available.

And please encourage others to attend by inviting them to our Facebook events and spreading the word! Thank you!

Question of the Week: Winter Repair Fairs

January 1st, 2014

bookTime for our Question of the Week!

The first person to respond with the correct answer will win a copy of the book “50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth,” just in time to set your New Year’s resolutions!

Submit your answer here (“Leave a Reply,” below) or on our Facebook page. Only one post per person, please.

Question of the Week

What are the dates and times of the two Repair Fair events offered in winter term 2014?

Now’s the time to join the Master Recycler class for 2014

December 19th, 2013

Spaces remain in the 2014 Linn and Benton Master Recycler class offered by OSU Campus Recycling and Republic Services, but act now to secure your spot!

WHEN: Tuesdays, January 14th through March 4th, 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm, plus Saturday morning field trips on Jan. 25 and Feb. 22

WHERE: Kearney Hall 305 (on the OSU Corvallis campus at 14th and Campus Way)

WHAT: This once-per-week, 8-week class will explore landfill science, recycling, waste reduction, reuse opportunities, composting, community sustainability, green building, hazardous waste and taking action. It is free to residents of Linn and Benton County who agree to “pay back” what they learned through 30 hours of volunteer service after completion of the course.

INFO & REGISTRATION: Visit the Master Recyclers webpage. Registration is open until Friday, January 10th or until spots are full, whichever comes first (if all spots fill before January 10th a wait list will be started).

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Question of the Week: Milk Cartons

December 18th, 2013

reusable metal water bottleTime for our Question of the Week!

The first person to respond with the correct answer will win a 24. oz reusable OSU water bottle, like the one pictured here!

Submit your answer here (“Leave a Reply,” below) or on our Facebook page. Only one post per person, please.

 

Question of the Week

Included below is a photo of a milk carton. Into which bin would you put the milk carton if you were out-and-about (i.e., not in a Res. Hall) on campus?

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Answer

This type of carton can be rinsed and placed in a bin labeled “Bottles and Cans” or “Containers” (often a blue and green “slim jim” or red square bin here on campus). Learn more in our online recycle guide.

Congrats to our Facebook winner Joanne Graham!

End of Year Clearance Days December 18, 19 and 21

December 15th, 2013

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Prior to being closed for two weeks (the weeks of December 23rd and 30th), the OSUsed Store will be open to the public for our End of Year Clearance Days.

Each day will be a clearance sale with prices declining throughout the week: all white tags and dotted items will be 25% off Wednesday, 50% off Thursday and 75% off on Saturday!

  • Wed. Dec. 18 at 12-3 pm (25% off white tags and dotted items)
  • Thur. Dec. 19 at 12-3 pm (50% off white tags and dotted items)
  • Sat. Dec. 21 at 9 am-12 pm (75% off white tags and dotted items)

White tags include housewares, office supplies, home improvement supplies, lab equipment and more. In addition to these white tags items, look for the large blue dots throughout the store marking many additional clearance items.

The OSUsed Store is located at 644 SW 13th Street in Corvallis (view on Google Maps). We will have many items for personal or departmental use – computers and computer accessories, furniture (desks, file cabinets, tables, chairs, bookcases, etc), office supplies, sporting goods, household items, bicycles and much more.

Our public sales provide an opportunity for the general public to make personal purchases. Departments are welcome to shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales on Wednesdays. Sale price is only good during the public sale time listed above.

See our other sale dates on our calendar. For more information, visit our public sale page or contact us.

Just some of the merchandise sold at the OSUsed Store.

Just some of the merchandise sold at the OSUsed Store.

Surplus is hiring a full-time Property Specialist

December 12th, 2013

Surplus Property is accepting applications for one full-time Property Specialist 3 staff position.

job postingThis position will provide support for all online sales and assist with public, department and agency surplus sales in the warehouse including receiving, pricing, storing and tracking surplus property.

This Property Specialist focuses on selling surplus property using the appropriate online sales websites or weekly OSUsed Store public sales. Additionally, this position receives and inventories surplus property, including, but not limited to, completing paperwork, providing customer service to OSU and external agencies, entering inventory information into the Surplus Property Management System (SPMS) database and identifying/tagging inventory items.

Other responsibilities include pricing inventory by researching resale value and comparable prices; storing and tracking inventory identified for online sales; and providing oversight of each online sale, including shipping, and addressing any concerns that may arise. This position provides lead work to to several student workers who assist with these duties.

Applications are due Dec. 17, 2013.

For a complete job posting, please review OSU job posting #0011683.

The OSUsed Store sells used property at the warehouse and on various websites.

The OSUsed Store sells used property both at the warehouse (pictured) and online.


Question of the Week: Methane Emissions from Landfills

December 4th, 2013

spork-win-meTime for our Question of the Week!

The first person to respond with the correct answer will win an OSU reusable spork!

Submit your answer here (“Leave a Reply,” below) or on our Facebook page. Only one guess per person, please.

Question of the Week

Landfills are a large source of carbon dioxide and methane emissions. According to the EPA, what percentage of US methane emissions originate from landfills?

Answer

17% of US methane emissions originate from landfills, based on a study conducted by the EPA in 2011.

Methane emissions fact

Overall, methane accounted for 9% of US greenhouse gas emissions, with carbon dioxide making up the bulk of the gases emitted. Pound for pound, the impact methane has upon the atmosphere, and subsequently on climate change, is 21 times greater than CO2.

Methane is a by-product of landfills, as the gas is emitted when organic waste undergoes decomposition.  At Coffin Butte, Corvallis’ own landfill, this methane is then captured and turned into usable energy as a part of the Coffin Butte Resource Project.  The facility provides enough energy to power 4,000 average sized homes, capturing energy 95% of the time. Comparatively, wind energy produces energy 30-35% of the time.

For further information regarding the Coffin Butte Resource Project, visit here.

You can also visit the EPA’s website for additional data and readings about methane and other greenhouse gases.

Thanksgiving Sale this Wednesday

November 25th, 2013

Come to the OSUsed Store on Wednesday, November 27th between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m, at which we will celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday by having several receipts randomly printed with a voucher for a free pumpkin pie! Shop with us and see if you are one of five lucky winners.

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The OSUsed Store is located at 644 SW 13th Street in Corvallis (view on Google Maps). We will have many items for personal or departmental use – computers and computer accessories, furniture (desks, file cabinets, tables, chairs, bookcases, etc), office supplies, sporting goods, household items, bicycles and much more.

Our public sales provide an opportunity for the general public to make personal purchases. Departments are welcome to shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales on Wednesdays.

See our other sale dates on our calendar. For more information, visit our public sale page or contact us.

Campus Recycling is hiring a Student Program Assistant

November 22nd, 2013
The Campus Recycling outreach team may work hard, but we also have a lot of fun

While our outreach team works hard, we try not to take things seriously all the time. Pictured (left to right): Outreach Assistant Kyle Reed, former Outreach Assistant Lindsey Almarode and Marketing & Development Coordinator Andrea Norris back in June.

Campus Recycling is hiring for one Student Program Assistant to join its outreach team! This is a brand new student position.

The position will assist with planning, implementing and assessing Campus Recycling programs and events.

Job duties:

Program Development:

Assist with planning, implementing and assessing recycling programs and services such as the “All in the Hall” hallway recycling pilot, residence hall composting program, the production and placement of new signage and branding on campus, zero waste strategizing with Athletics, and other programs as they arise. Duties include:

  • Designing pilot programs, including data collection and assessment plans
  • Collecting and tracking data
  • Analyzing and summarizing data
  • Researching recycling-related information and products, and summarizing findings, in writing or verbally
  • Setting up program materials such as bins, signage, etc.
  • Conducting waste audits
  • Scheduling and participating in planning meetings

Event Coordination Assistance:

  • Scheduling recycling presentations by contacting organizations and coordinating with speakers (staff and volunteers); co-present as needed
  • Coordinating communication and logistics for events, such as Earth Week Community Fair booth registrants, Res. Hall Donation Drive recipients, etc.
  • Staffing recycling booths and events
  • Assisting the Marketing and Development Coordinator and Student Outreach Assistant with event planning and marketing tasks

More Information:

The successful applicant will start in December 2013 and work 12-15 hours per week. Applications are due December 5th.

For job requirements and application instructions, please visit Campus Recycling’s website.

Contribute recyclables at this weekend’s game to help OSU compete!

November 21st, 2013

Gameday-Challenge-webAt the November 23rd home game, OSU is participating in the EPA Game Day Challenge, a national competition to recycle and reduce waste at college football games.

Bring your recyclable and compostable items to Parker Plaza between 4:30 and 7:30 pm on game day to win a prize and help OSU compete!

The following recyclables and compostables will be accepted at the EPA Game Day booth in Parker Plaza:

  • Paper
  • Cardboard and paperboard
  • Plastic bottles, jugs, tubs and jars
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Metal beverage cans, tin cans, foil and lids
  • Folding top and rectangular cartons
  • All food scraps (including animal products)
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Some “compostable” serving ware
Join this event on Facebook.

Join this event on Facebook.

For more details and examples of accepted recyclables, visit our online recycle guide (items under Paper, Containers and Cardboard count in the Challenge). Everyone who brings at least one eligible recyclable or compostable item will receive a prize, while supplies last.

Any redeemable bottles and cans will go to the Philomath High School sports teams to fundraise for their programs.

More Ways You Can Help

  1. Recycle as much as possible. Bring recyclables to the Parker Plaza booth between 4:30 and 7:30 pm or to the staffed recycle stations at every entry gate between 5:30 and 7:30 pm. Once in the game, leave recyclables at your stadium seat where volunteers can collect them, rather than throwing them in a garbage can.
  2. Pack it in, pack it out. While tailgating, consider bringing trash home with you to help us reduce litter and waste.

This year’s EPA Game Day Challenge at OSU is sponsored by Campus Recycling, Republic Services, OSU Athletics and the Student Sustainability Initiative.

Thanks for recycling and GO BEAVS!