The Furniture and Equipment Reuse Service provides University of Melbourne faculties, departments and affiliate organisations with a cost effective and immediate solution to their furniture needs.
The service offers a range of workstations, chairs, storage solutions, and other used items, presenting a sustainable and economic alternative to purchasing new furniture or equipment for your office.
How it works
Items are available to staff at Parkville, Southbank, Burnley and Werribee campuses for use at University locations. The service can be used to reuse single pieces of furniture as well as project-sized amounts. If you are a staff member from another campus and require items, contact the team and we may be able to accomodate your request.
The service is cost neutral, meaning any costs incurred simply cover the overheads, and operates every day the University operates. Appointments can be made to meet the team to establish solutions for departments via the Furniture and Equipment Reuse Service website.
Staff can submit a request to have broken or damaged furniture and equipment, as well as scrap metal, collected by the Campus Assist team.
Items will be taken offsite where our waste management operator will segregate items for recycling and landfill disposal.
The story of furniture reuse at the University
The service ensures that furniture and equipment is reused across University campuses instead of recycled offsite or sent to landfill. Since the program launched as a pilot in 2012, the University has become a leader in the sector for reuse of equipment. At the end of 2019 over 27,000 items had been reused in total, saving over 618 metric tonnes of waste going to landfill, and an estimated $15.25 million on retail replacement value.
The University of Melbourne is committed to assisting the wider community, and when surplus furniture, equipment and computers are available they may be donated to not-for-profit organisations and local community groups.