FREE-cycling of office supplies set for Aug. 24

Rice’s popular FREE-cycling swap of unused and unneeded office supplies is set for Aug. 24 in the Grand Hall, Rice Memorial Center. “Shopping” hours for faculty and staff are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students are invited from 1 to 2 p.m.

Office suppliesThrough Aug. 19, offices across campus can donate items for the event in a box in outgoing mail marked “FREE-cycling,” and Delivery Services staff will pick up the box. Departments that have large quantities to donate can contact Delivery Services at to schedule a pickup by Aug. 19.

Items to FREE-cycle include binders, business card holders, calculators, clipboards, coffee pots, cups, dividers, organizers, easels and pads, envelopes, expanding files, file folders, hanging folders, highlighters, index cards, dividers, index guides, labels, paper products, paper clips, pens and pencils, rubber bands, staplers and toner.

Large items, such as whiteboards, chairs, file cabinets and sofas, should be submitted by photograph, with contact information and attached, to Ute Franklin at Delivery Services will post the photo at the event.

Equipment and other longer-lived property in the custody of Rice, however acquired, must be properly disposed of in line with university policy and procedures. Follow the guidelines for proper disposal and list the item on Rice Classifieds; if it does not sell, it can be donated to the FREE-cycling event.

Recycling bins will be available for emply batteries, old cellphones, empty toner and ink cartridges and electronics. Electronics should be marked “working” or “broken.” Contact Marc Scarborough in IT at to have data devices wiped clear before they are picked up.

The FREE-cycling event is sponsored by Delivery Services, IT, Facilities Engineering and Planning, and the Vice President for Administration.

To volunteer to help with the event or for more information, contact Franklin at or 713-348-5826


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