Answers to popular questions about the WARPit scheme.

What items can be reused through WARPit?

Mostly reusable furniture, electrical equipment, fixtures and fittings, office consumables (such as stationery and ink jet cartridges), lab equipment, supplies and medical equipment. However, there is little limit to what items can be advertised for reuse.

Can staff use the system to trade their own goods?

No. This system is for reusing UWE owned items only. In addition, items advertised are for UWE activities only. Items are strictly not to be taken for private use.

What happens if unwanted resources are not claimed?

UWE Facilities has a small storage area where unclaimed items can be moved. In the event that items are of sufficient value, it would be preferable to store them until internal homes can be found for them. Contact operationsandsecurity@uwe.ac.uk to arrange this.

Otherwise, after a specified time, items will be offered to reciprocating local partners (ie charities, community groups and other public sector organisations) using WARPit clubs, so that local partners can share unwanted resources.

Who is responsible for arranging the transfer and transport of items?

The collection of items is to be arranged between the contributor and the requesting party. It is the requesting party’s responsibility to arrange collection of the item/equipment. If the item is too large to collect personally, delivery can be arranged using the CSO Service by e-mailing operationsandsecurity@uwe.ac.uk.

Who is responsible for ensuring that the items that are transferred are usable, safe and appropriate?

To comply with waste legislation and liability issues, the guidelines must be followed. It is the responsibility of the contributing party to ensure that items are described correctly and the guidelines followed. It is the requesting party’s responsibility to ensure that the item/equipment is safe and appropriate before using. All users must agree with the terms and conditions on registration, and before each transaction takes place.

What happens if the item that is transferred is then unwanted by the receiving party?

It is the receiver’s responsibility to re-advertise the item.

What happens if I have an item which is broken, soiled or has missing parts?

If you have an item that is broken or missing parts it should not be put onto WARPit. Instead, you should send a request to operationsandsecurity@uwe.ac.uk to have the item removed as waste. If there are several large items for disposal, please contact UWE Facilities on 222 to request a collection.

How do you work out the financial savings of WARPit?

Each item is given an average replacement value using public sector contract prices. Each item is also given waste disposal financial value. These figures are updated annually.

How do you work out the reuse/recycling rate/weight?

Using established references and methods, each item is given an average weight. Every transaction / item that is reused is added to the running reuse total which is measured in kilograms (kg).

How do you work out the carbon emissions savings of items transferred?

Every item transferred on the system saves on carbon emissions because a new item does not have to be purchased, and items are not being disposed to methane generating landfill sites. Using established references and methods, each item is assigned a carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) value (KG) for avoided greenhouse gas emissions.

Is WARPit secure?

Access to the WARPit system is password protected. Staff from within UWE can register and must be approved by the administrator before being able to use the site.

Individuals who do not work within UWE (such as representatives from charities, schools and SMEs) will only be given access if they are authorised by the UWE WARPit Administrator. At that point, they become part of the UWE WARPit club. Members of UWE’s WARPit club can view UWE’s items three days prior to the deadline on each advertised item.

Where can I get help and advice

Please e-mail Paul Roberts (UWE WARPit Administrator) if you have any questions about WARPit or require any further instructions on using the system. Please type 'WARPit help' in the subject field of the e-mail.

You can also use the orange feedback tab on the right hand side of the WARPit portal to suggest improvements to the WARPit system. This feedback goes directly to the system developers.

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