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BU Reuse System


Reuse systems are used for trading disused goods around campus. Individuals may get rid of useful waste by stacking potentially reusable items in a hallway or behind a building and then notifying the Reuse system of these items and their location. Users of the Reuse system are then notified via e-mail about the items; the first users to locate the Reuse Pile get dibs on what they find. Reuse piles typically exist for a week or so before they are discarded as waste by the original poster.

By setting up a reuse system at BU, we can facilitate inter-departmental (and inter-student) exchanges of useful and reusable waste (projectors, TVs, couches, electrical components, construction supplies, etc).

The System

The reuse system can be created, in its simplest form, by making a public mailing list called Users can then add items to and remove items from the reuse-list as they see fit.

A better implementation of this system would be to create a graphical front-end and host it at . Users would have the option of managing their own reuse accounts, and seekers could specify search terms (i.e. “couch”) and be auto-notified when such an item is posted to the Reuse System. As this system grows, traffic to would increase – which would be a boon for our hackerspace.

Interested Parties

This project is still in its planning stages. Add your name below if this interests you.

  1. David House

  2. John-Nicholas Furst

  3. Jim Chatham

  4. Kenny Kalenderian

  5. Daniel Kamalic


Furst Labs

Furst Labs was founded in 2000 with the primary goal of creating advanced interaction between biological and mechanical systems.

Furst Labs’ principals have substantial real-world experience in the fields of medicine and robotics. Furst Labs’ founder and CEO, John-Nicholas Furst, has spent over eight years focusing on the integration of automated mechanical systems and biological systems.

John-Nicholas has presented at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair and the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. His research in renewable energy has been featured at the International Engineering Expo.

John-Nicholas is an invited member of American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of American Physics Society.

John-Nicholas is currently an undergraduate studying Biomedical Engineering and Computer Engineering at Boston University.