For many reasons, materials like office furniture, residential furniture, lab equipment, and office supplies are no longer needed by their original owner.
Departments and Schools across Washington University manage their own purchasing, which includes furniture, equipment and supplies. The decentralized nature of the university makes it difficult to know who to go to if you are looking for these materials or how to quickly get them into the hands of someone else who can use them.
The tools on this page were developed to streamline the sale, recirculation, or donation of usable items. When disposing of/re-homing an item, strive to find the highest and best use, starting with internal reuse at the university, selling outside of the university, donation to a charity, and finally scrapping/recycling. The flowchart below illustrates the recommended approach.
Materials Flow: Repurpose, Reuse, Recirculate
*Check your department’s policies.
Exchange Platform for University Property
In an effort better utilize surplus property, the Office of Sustainability and the Department of Resource Management are working together to offer Rheaply, a software platform that facilitates the internal recirculation of unwanted materials.
The Rheaply tool is accessible by staff, faculty and students across departments and campuses and supports peer-to-peer sharing, enabling users to quickly find an item they need, and promotes re-homing unwanted items efficiently through the university.
The main goal for this program is to keep materials out of landfills and reduce the need for departments to buy new items when excellent options are already available. The result is better utilization of both financial resources and natural resources – a true win-win.
Ready to Start Trading?
- Start with viewing the demonstration video to learn how it works.
- Set up a user account at washu.rheaply.com. Use your WashU email to utilize single-sign on and connect within the WashU environment (this service is only available to those with a WashU email address).
- Start browsing or creating your own surplus property listings.
- Buy, sell and trade surplus goods. See FAQs for more details.
- Document any external sales or donations by filling out the Bill of Sale. Send to Resource Management to file.
- If items cannot be utilized within WashU, try these non-profits and businesses that may be able to repurpose or recycle the items.
Keep in Mind:
As a user of Rheaply, you will also have the opportunity to participate in, and win, monthly giveaways! Certain actions will earn you points, which can be tracked through the leaderboard seen on the home screen of your user profile. Rheaply also offers raffle prizes for themed giveaways during the year (e.g. Earth Day and Campus Sustainability Month).
Rheaply offers a concierge and consulting service for larger lab/office clear outs. These services do have an additional cost for the department/lab depending on the size of the clear out and number of items. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an assessment and price estimate.
As a user of the Rheaply tool and an employee of Washington University in St. Louis, you are responsible for adhering to your departmental policy on Surplus Property exchange. Employees must be authorized by their department to sell or donate items through the Rheaply Platform. Please contact your departmental supervisor to learn about any policies your department has on selling or accepting Surplus Property, or read the rules for sharing on Rheaply here. Purchasing Services offers no warranty or guarantee on items listed.
Contact Lisa Owens, Project Administrator at Resource Management, email@example.com, with any questions.
Additional Reuse & Donation Programs
Are you a student interested in donating items you no longer need or can’t take with you at the end of the school year? Check out the Trading Post (an on-campus free thrift store), and year-end move out events: the Share Our Stuff drive for on campus donations and Lightening Your Load for off-campus donations.
Faculty & Staff
Office Supply Exchange: For offices interested in giving and receiving offices supplies at no cost.
Utilize the Rheaply platform for finding or redistributing items. The platform can also be used to share or loan equipment.
Are you a non-profit organization or charity that is seeking donated furniture, equipment or supplies? Fill out this form to receive notifications when items become available or to be listed on our website.
Browse a list of non-profit organization that accept donations of different types of materials commonly generated at a university.