In partnership with TerraCycle and OfficeMax, Procurement & Contracts has initiated a new program to divert defunct writing instruments from the campus waste stream. With the cooperation of Mail Services, the campus can easily and efficiently upcycle their writing instruments through Intercampus Mail. The writing instruments will be consolidated through Mail Services and sent to TerraCycle, where they will be upcycled and made into fun and innovative products. The ultimate goal is to reduce the number of writing instruments being sent to landfills, and instead give those raw materials a second life as upcycled products.
In the 2011-2012 Fiscal year, Participating Departments at UCSD diverted over 6,000 writing instruments from local landfills.
In FY 2012-2013, the campus diverted over 4,500.
For FY 2013-2014, the campus diverted over 7,000! This success was largely due to the program's partnership with Mail services, beginning in November 2013.