Thursday, August 20, 2015

Record Breaking BYOB!

Our August back to school BYOB (Bring Your Own Box) event was a huge hit! About 165 teachers and non-profit staff members showed up and filled a box with FREE supplies, with a second box costing only $5.
Did you know that public school teachers typically spend hundreds- even thousands- of dollars of their own money on classroom supplies?

"The BYOB was very well organized and we got many great supplies for our teachers for the start of the school year," said Wiebke Elbe, Principal at German Pacific School. "Since we are just setting up a children's library it was very helpful for us to get things like a cash box and book ends."

So where does all this stuff come from?
Our mission at Sustainable Surplus is to "Turn Corporate Excess into Community Assets." The items we receive are donations from local companies who are moving, downsizing or just de-cluttering and want to see their excess items go to a good cause and not to the landfill. Thanks to their generosity, our August BYOB event repurposed thousands of dollars of supplies, while keeping hundreds of pounds of waste from the landfill.


Want to get in on the BYOB fun?
Teachers and nonprofit staff can sign up for a FREE membership on our website: 

Want to Donate?
If you are a company with excess assets- from paperclips to conference tables- contact us at  We can help repurpose your items into the local educational and non-profits communities and make a whole bunch of teachers very happy!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Back to School BYOB This Thursay!

Teachers, nonprofit staff - Please remember to RSVP for the big Back to School BYOB!
Time to replenish your cabinets with supplies.
And there are oodles of supplies in the warehouse collected from our donors all summer -

Not in the system yet?  Sign up as a member!  Free for teachers, nonprofits.

Friday, August 7, 2015

San Diego County Supervisors Support SSE

Three San Diego County Supervisors continued to support SSE and its mission to serve community organizations with repurposed items.
Supervisors Bill Horn, Dave Robert and Greg Cox granted $14,500 through the Community Enhancement program.  The funds are earmarked for Sustainable Surplus’ ENGAGE! San Diego program.

ENGAGE! is an innovative program which magnifies SSE’s involvement with local businesses, their
employees and the community.  It is a reuse/recycle campaign that fosters corporations’ social responsibility through the donation of items for repurposing, as well as engages their employees in volunteerism and sustainability. 
Volunteers from Cobra Puma Golf helped sort incoming supplies
“We accept everything from office supplies to furniture, computers and lab equipment,” said executive director Sue Prelozni.  All items are redirected back into community schools, nonprofits and start-up organizations.
Employees at Jenny Craig gathering surplus for donation

For more information about ENGAGE! contact Christine or Sue at: 888-780-4416 or
SpyOptic team kicks in to help organize their donation.