Reuse

Do you have items that you no longer need, but someone else could still get some use from? The reuse@leeds site allows students and staff to share their surplus items within the University, create wishlists, set up notifications and even ask to loan items in a way that is more cost efficient and environmentally friendly than throwing out and buying new. You can also create reports to see how well you have done!

How to use the Reuse@Leeds system

How can I get on the system?

Registration is simple. Head to reuse@leeds. The site is linked to the University’s systems, so you just log in using your University of Leeds username and password (without the @leeds.ac.uk after your username). On your first visit, you will need to confirm the site Terms and Conditions and also tell us which area of the University you’re in, but once you’ve done this you’re free to visit and use the site whenever you like.

How are items moved across the campus?

Once you’ve reserved an item, you receive an automated email giving you the detail of the advertiser.  The advertiser receives the same, giving your contact details. The taker usually organises the delivery, but you can arrange it between yourselves to make sure it works for both parties. If you need help with this, Estates offer a Handy Gang Service for a small charge – email eshelp@leeds.ac.uk to arrange this.

What if I have too much to list?

In addition to the reuse platform, we have helped to create a framework for suppliers to sell reused, refurbished and even upcycled furniture to us and take our old items away.  They list items on the reuse site for 30 days. Anything not taken after this time is sent to charities and local schools free of charge on our behalf. If you would like to know more about this, please email reuse@leeds.ac.uk.

What if I change my mind?

Simply ‘un-reserve’ the item and it returns to the active list of items on the website. The advertiser will also be notified.

What if I have something that is not reusable?

First up, check if it can be repaired. If it can’t the  Sustainability Waste Guide provides details on how to correctly dispose of items as well as a list of key contacts who can help.

If you have any further questions about reuse at the University, please email reuse@leeds.ac.uk.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide our activity. Our reuse work is linked to the following SDGs:

  • Number 8: Decent work and economic growth
  • Number 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • Number 12 Responsible consumption and production

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.