Friday, May 25, 2012

One MGHer’s trash is another’s treasure

TEAM EFFORT: Teixeira, at left, drops off supplies to members of the Office Supply Swap and Recycle Event team.

From clipboards to printer toner, MGHers saved an estimated $16,500 worth of office supplies during the annual Office Supply Swap and Recycle Event May 16 in the Bulfinch Tent. The event, now in its third year, provides departments with an opportunity to trade new and unused items, helping reduce waste and save costs across the hospital.

Alex Teixeira, a project coordinator for Patient Care Services Clinical Support Services, dropped off a cart full of supplies, including reams of paper and labels. “We went into our storage room and came up with a bunch of stuff that hadn’t been used and might as well go to someone else who could use it,” said Teixeira. “It’s a great way to save money for the hospital.”

Seeking out desktop organizers, Amy Mikkola and Andyna Vernet visited on behalf of the Center for Comparative Medicine Clinical Pathology Laboratory and left with their hands full of needed supplies. “We’re definitely coming back next year,” said Mikkola.

While the Office Supply Swap and Recycle Event accepts mostly small items, a new website known as the “MGH Online Swap Shop” was recently launched to allow office and department managers to recycle large items like furniture. To request access, email Alys Myers at

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