Waste Reduction


Reusable mugs and glasses

Bottles Up

As a collaborative effort between Zero Waste and the Student Sustainability Center, the Bottles Up program collects and redistributes reusable water bottles and travel mugs to students and faculty for free. Zero Waste collects lost and forgotten water bottles from around campus, gives them to us, and we then wash them and put them out for redistribution to students through our office. A well-known operation, we collect and give out more than 1,000 bottles a year.​

ROSE (Reusable Office Supplies Exchange) Room

Location: Prince Lucien Campbell Hall, Room 182
ROSE Room Winter Term Hours: 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
If you have no way to make our open hours, you may check out a key from the front desk of the English Department in PLC 118.

This is a free store for students and staff; come by for school supplies, office items, and more. We accept donations of school and office supplies that are relevant to today's student and professional needs. Please note that at this time we are shifting the types of items we are accepting for donation. We currently are not accepting file folders, binders, binder sleeves, or textbooks. For items like broken electronics or furniture, please visit the UO Zero Waste website. All the donation guidelines are also posted in the ROSE Room, with available waste bins for any items we do not accept.

Please email sscreusables@uoregon.edu with further questions.

Grad-to-Grad Gown Share

The SSC's Grad Gown Share is a program that makes graduation more sustainable and affordable for students at the University of Oregon. After graduation students donate their gowns, which are then loaned out to the following year's graduates! 

To Rent a Gown:

Students can follow the SSC on Instagram or sign up for our newsletter to learn when our gown loans open, which usually happens in early spring term. Gowns are first come, first served. We also have a limited number of caps and other regalia available. Students are expected to return their borrowed gowns after graduation.

To Donate a Gown:

Students can drop off their used gowns at the SSC (EMU 005) throughout the summer. Students who think they might be interested in donating their gowns should try to keep their gowns as clean and as fragrance-free as possible. Help us spread the word by telling graduates about this program!

For more information or to get involved, email us at sscreusables@uoregon.edu.