WARPit Reuse portal

WARPit is a website letting colleges and departments share useful items they no longer need. This frees up storage space, saves money and avoids waste. If you are relocating, refurbishing, refreshing, or spring cleaning, WARPit can help. The system is open to all college and University staff but is for University items, not for personal use.

WARPit can: 

  • save your department or college money
  • save your time
  • avoid disposal costs   
  • re-use surplus or redundant resources
  • avoid the need for purchase orders (POs) or quotes – everything is free
  • reduce waste and environmental impacts 

Items on the system include, but are not limited to: 

  • office furniture and equipment          
  • stationery and supplies           
  • accessories
  • storage furniture         
  • printer consumables   
  • laboratory equipment

To register, sign up on the University of Oxford's page on the WARPit website.  

Once your account is active, you can:

  • search for items  
  • add or claim items
  • create a wish list to be notified when new items are added. 

This portal helps the University reduce waste. To find out how much the University has saved to date, visit the University’s WARPit homepage.  

For free posters, emails and tweets that you can use to raise awareness of WARPit within your department or college, email sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk.

NOTE: The Environmental Sustainability team administer the scheme. It is open to all departments and colleges. WARPit may only be used for collegiate University property and is not for personal use. Items must stay the property of the collegiate University. See the website for full terms and conditions. 

How to….


  1. Visit http://www.warp-it.co.uk/OxfordUniversity
  2. Hit the green Register Now button to the bottom left
  3. Fill in your details using your work’s information
  4. Read and agree to the terms and conditions. [You will receive an acknowledgment email]
  5. Await approval [You will receive an email with log on instructions]

You will need to be logged in to complete any of the following actions.

Add an item and upload images 

  1. Select add an item in the lefthand menu or quick add to the right.
  2. Pick a category and subcategory. If your category is not there select other.
  3. Add as much detail as possible. Use the free text box to add specifics.
  4. Add a deadline for the last date the item can be claimed.
  5. You may either upload an image or select a stock library image. 

Find items

  1. Items available within the University will be visible on your account landing page. A search bar is available in the very top right corner. Clicking on the orange ‘items in my network’ can also provide a useful view.
  2. Browse items, clicking on them for more details. 

Claim an item

  1. Hit the claim button on the item’s page. This will send a message to the owner.
  2. If you need to know more, use the Ask a Question facility.
  3. You will receive an email with further instructions.

Completing a transaction

  1. The system will send you a reminder to pick up an item until you change the status of the item to collect. Please do this via the WARPit regular roundup message or via the menu on the lefthand side.

Create a wish list

  1. If you cannot find an item you are looking for, add it to your wish list. This is located in the menu to the left.
  2. You will then be notified if the item becomes available.

WARPit roundups (emails)

  1. A regular roundup of activity is sent to members. By default, this is sent every day. If you prefer you can switch to a weekly notification, or turn them off altogether. You can change settings from the ‘Notification’ menu found on the left.