Reuse Collections

Reuse & Recycling Collections

Penn's Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps manage various collection programs to reuse or recycle products, such as eyeglasses, shoes, and writing instruments. These initiatives help reduce landfill waste and the impacts of manufacturing new products, while promoting reuse and recycling. Read about our collection partnerships below.

Shoebox Recycling


Shoebox Recycling is a program of Community Recycling, a company dedicated to advancing the awareness and practice of recycling for reuse. Penn employees can donate their gently used athletic shoes, casual shoes, dress shoes, work boots, sneakers, sandals, heels, flats, and loafers. The proceeds from this program benefit Back on My Feet Philadelphia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating homelessness.

Learn more about the program specifics here, or sign up to host a collection in your office.

Shoebox Recycling Locations

Writing Instruments Recycling


Penn participates in the Writing Instruments Recycling program with Terracycle, a company dedicated to finding ways of recycling unconventional materials and turning them into new products. Through their program, Penn employees can recycle the following items at designated locations on campus:

  1. Pens
  2. Mechanical pencils
  3. Markers
  4. Highlighters
  5. Permanent markers
  6. Marker caps

Writing instrument Recycling Locations

Eyeglass Donations


Eyes of Hope is an eyeglass donation program through VSP global. Members of the Penn community can drop off their unwanted eyeglasses at designated locations around campus. These glasses are then shipped to the company, where they are cleaned, refurbished, and donated to doctors on global eye care missions.

Eyeglass donation locations

If would like to set up a collection within your own office, visit the company's website, and notify us so we can add your location to this page.

Goodwill Donations


Penn partners with Goodwill, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing jobs, training, and community-based programs through the collection and reuse of donated belongings. Members of the Penn community can donate their new and gently used clothing items at the designated container on campus.

Goodwill Donation Locations

Penn has one on-campus collection bin:

  • Next to Rodin College House, 3901 Locust Walk

Contact Residential Services via email or phone at 215-898-3547 with any questions.