Frequently Asked Travel & Procurement Questions Related to the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
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Recycling & Reuse Programs at Penn
  • Computer & Electronics Recycling and Disposal Options
    • Electronic equipment that is broken or obsolete must be properly disposed or sent for recycling. DO NOT PLACE ANY ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT IN THE TRASH, EVEN IF IT IS BROKEN.
    • You can also trade in your used technology and get credit for new technology purchases through the Penn Computer Connection.
    • For more details, contact Penn Environmental Health and Radiation Safety.
  • Book Repurposing and Recycling
    • Penn Bookstore : At the end of each semester during final exam weeks, the Penn Bookstore holds its "buyback" event where you can receive up to 50% of the price paid for textbooks. This includes books purchased through other vendors. In addition to getting cash back your books could then become available for students in future semesters, providing them a more affordable textbook option.
    • PennMOVES: Every May Penn Residential Services collects items that Penn students can’t take with them when they leave campus in the summer. Rather than ending up in the landfill, these items are gathered and donated to Goodwill.  PennMOVES accepts the donation of any type of book.
  • Ink & Toner Cartridge Recycling Program
    • Purchasing Services is partnering with Telrose Corporation and Office Depot to provide easy, convenient and green recycling programs for all of your used ink and toner cartridges. Rather than shipping the used ink or toner cartridges individually, Telrose Corporation is consolidating shipments for the entire University. Your Telrose Corporation delivery person will pick-up used cartridges from your office, palletize them, and ship them in bulk to the recycler.
    • To request a pick-up of your used cartridges, simply send an email with your name, address and suite/office to Telrose Corporation Customer Service. Ensure you place your used ink or toner cartridge in the box of the new supplier you purchased, sealing the box prior to Telrose pickup.
    • Please direct all questions related to this program to Martin Hull at Telrose.
  • Lab Supplies and Equipment Disposal & Recycling
    • Laboratory Freezers: Purchasing Services offers a collaborative freezer recycling program when purchasing a new freezer from Panasonic Healthcare Company of North America, a University preferred contract supplier of laboratory equipment and supplies and Scientific Apparatus Services a preferred contract supplier for scientific equipment repairs and services. Please contact the Panasonic Healthcare Company of North America representative, Susan Cassanelli at (610) 639-1678 or the Scientific Apparatus Services representative Jim Brennan at (609) 760-4083 for additional product, pricing and recycling information.
    • Miscellaneous Laboratory Equipment: Purchasing Services offers recycling and disposal of laboratory equipment through a contract with EForce Compliance. Please contact Ted Miller at 215-964-6668 for Penn specific pricing and other information.
    • Recycling of Centrifuges and Rotors: Purchasing Services offers recycling and disposal of laboratory Centrifuges and Rotors through its contract with Beckman Coulter. The Beckman Coulter representative will work with laboratories to recycle/return centrifuges and rotors to help free up valuable lab space.  Beckman Coulter also accepts returns from other suppliers as well, and will utilize the recycling/return as trade-in value on a laboratory’s next Beckman Coulter centrifuge purchase. Please contact Jessica Tsaoi at 215-964-0293 for Penn specific information and documentation to be completed.
    • Recycling of Corning, Falcon, or Axygen Product Packaging: Purchasing Services offers the recycling and disposal of Corning, Falcon or Axygen product packaging through Corning's Package Recycle Program.
    • Recycling of USA Scientific Laboratory Pipette Products: You can recycle USA Scientific TipOne racks and inserts at no charge! If you have any questions, please contact Chris Muta at 800-872-3847 ext. 506.
  • Purchasing Refurbished/Used Laboratory Equipment
    • Purchasing Services is pleased to announce the availability of a new discount pricing agreement with Global Medical Instrumentation (GMI). Making ecological and economical strides since 1995, the Global Medical Instrumentation (GMI) program strives to reduce the costs for acquiring reliable used laboratory equipment, meeting specifications as well as reducing the cost of ownership through decommissioning of unneeded instruments, trade-ins against purchases of new instruments and disposal services. These features also help by minimizing the impact on our environment.
    • Please contact Dan Erzberger, at (800) 745-2710 for additional product, pricing and other information.
  • Laundry Services
    • Purchasing Services Purchasing Services has a discount pricing agreement with Wash Cycle Laundry, Inc., ( Ben Buys Supplier #499914), a University preferred supplier of sustainable laundry services..
    • Please direct all pricing and service requests to the Wash Cycle Laundry, Inc. representative Joel Hommes, at (888) 611-9274, X706
  • Ultra-Low Temperature (ULT) Freezers
    • Purchasing Services is pleased to announce the availability of a new Ultra-Low Temperature (ULT) Freezer Efficiency Program. This program is aimed at reducing both the number of old, under-utilized, and abandoned freezers and incentivizing the purchase of energy-efficient freezers. This program is funded by the Energy Reduction Fund (ERF) in the Facilities & Real Estate Services Division. This program only applies to Ultra Low Temperature (ULT) freezers. Ordinary refrigerators and freezers are not eligible for this program.
    • Only ULT freezers that are or will be installed in University owned and/or operated properties and were purchased and/or appropriately disposed of are eligible for this program. UPHS facilities are not eligible for this program. The energy performance figures should be based on the Energy Star ULT Freezer Test Guidelines.
    • Please direct any related questions to Madeline Schuh.
  • Reusable Sharps Container Program
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