Surplusing Items

Each department needing to surplus materials must complete the online Surplus request form. You will receive an email confirmation once your submitted request has been processed. This email will include further instructions to expedite item removal.

ALL scientific/ research/ laboratory equipment MUST be assessed for hazardous materials prior to surplussing.

Please do not paste data from spreadsheets into the online request form. Data become corrupted and our system cannot read what you paste in.

You may also deliver items to the Surplus Warehouse following the confirmation that your request has been processed.

Large items such as desks, tables, chairs, file cabinets, computers and monitors should be listed as such and allotted one item per number within your request (e.g. [1] Computer, [2] Computer) unless you have multiples of the same model/ type, in which case you may enter a single line item as “Computer, Dell (qty 5),” etc. Smaller items such as office supplies, mice, keyboards and power cables may be submitted under one number if items are boxed together.

Ensuring a Quickly-Processed Request

  • Be clear about what each line item is. Requests containing vaguely submitted items (e.g. “Box of stuff”, “Furniture,” “HP1394576TN”) will not be processed until clarification of items can be made.
  • Best policy for listing line items is this: first write the TYPE of item in question (Computer, Printer, Scanner, File Cabinet, Server, etc.), followed by any brand-specific or detail information you want to add.
  • Best-practice line item examples include: “Computer, Dell Dimension,” “Printer, HP Laserjet,” “File Cabinet, metal, 3-drawer,” “Bucket, red metal, leaks,” “Box Misc Office Supplies,” etc.
  • If you are uncertain how to list any item or items, please give our office a call. Submitting a surplus list that has many items listed in ways other than our best-practice examples causes delays as we must then re-enter line items to correctly reflect the way in which our system reads inventory.

For surplus requests requiring pick up, budgets will be charged the current moving rate. Please contact Moving for the current rate.

Adding Items

Requests to add items to already-scheduled pick-ups are discouraged as doing so may negatively impact other scheduled jobs the crew has for that day. Contact Moving Services directly for emergency situations. Best practice is to submit a new request for any additional items, and we will do our best to combine with recently submitted jobs.

Removing Contents

File cabinets, desks, and any other items with drawers or cupboards must be unlocked and emptied before being picked up or accepted by Moving & Surplus. Items arriving locked may be subject to additional fees, and contents will be returned at departmental expense.

Items Needing Decontamination/Items Not Accepted by Surplus

Any laboratory equipment contaminated or potentially contaminated with biological material, chemicals, or radio-isotopes must be decontaminated prior to delivery to Surplus Property. In addition, a Notice of Laboratory Equipment Decontamination Form must be completed and affixed to the item. Please review the list of items requiring decontamination form.

The following items must be reviewed and approved for surplussing by EH&S (206-616-5835) prior to moving:

  • Water-based (Latex) Paint – unopened containers; Contact EH&S: 206-616-5835.

The following items CANNOT be accepted by Surplus Property:

Please contact the listed UW office for information about disposing of these items.

  • Needles & Syringes (unused): EH&S Biosafety, 206-221-7770
  • Materials containing Asbestos, including but not limited to: autoclaves, laboratory ovens, older furnaces, fire-proof file cabinets, anything that produces high heat: Asbestos Office, 206-685-3357
  • • All chemicals (except unopened containers of water-based—latex—paint): EH&S Chemical Waste, 206-616-5835
  • Capacitors & Transformers (note: some equipment may contain transformers, such as x-ray equipment and electron microscopes; these transformers may be accepted but must be drained of oil and the oil must have been tested and certified by EH&S as being non-PCB): EH&S Chemical Waste, 206-616-5835
  • Gas Cylinders, Pressurized Containers / Vessels: EH&S Chemical Waste, 206-616-5835
  • X-Ray Plates: EH&S Chemical Waste, 206-616-5835
  • Instruments Containing Mercury (temperature or pressure measurement devices, coulter counters): EH&S Chemical Waste, 206-616-5835
  • Any equipment containing a radioactive source must be checked by EH&S Radiation Safety Division prior to public sale. Please contact Phil Campbell in the Radiation Safety Office at or 206-543-4929. These items include:
  • Gas chromatographs
  • Germicidal UV lamps
  • Lasers
  • X-ray equipment
  • Any item with a radioactive sticker

Computer Disposal Policy

Surplus Property will be responsible for appropriately purging all data from computers and electronic devices that store data prior to the device leaving the University.

Surplus Property will purge data from University computers using one of the following two methods:

  • Utilize a certified data erasure software per the U.S. government standard developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST 800-88).
  • Physically destroy the drive so it cannot be rebuilt

UW departments must also practice due diligence by reviewing the types of information stored on an electronic device prior to surplussing and delete any files which contain confidential information that should not be viewed by or be accessible to even other internal University of Washington staff.

UW departments can request that Surplus ONLY use the physical destruction method to purge data on some/all computers being surplussed. To make this request, notate the instruction in the comments box on the online Surplus request form. Also, affix a label to the unit(s) with this instruction prior to pick up by or delivery to Surplus.

If UW departments want to physically destroy their own hard drives, Surplus will make its hard drive destruction machine available for use by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please contact Surplus as or at 206-685-1573.

UW Employee Phone/ Device Purchases

Updated 4/26/2016

UW-owned phones are considered UW property just as with laptops, monitors, chairs, etc. Under most circumstances, employee purchase of a decommissioned UW phone is not permitted. The exception is purchase of a phone by an employee whose device will be enrolled in the UW Mobile Device Program.

If you are a current UW employee who will be purchasing a mobile device as part of the UW Mobile Device Program with the approval of your department, please submit our online surplus request form using the “delivery-to-surplus” form (even though the item will not technically come to us). List the item as “iPhone/ Android Phone (etc.) for Employee Purchase.” In the “comments” section, we need to know the original purchase date & original purchase price. The department head who has approved your allowance eligibility should also be the approver on the surplus request form in the “Approver ID” field. UWMC staff: Please use the Teleservices budget number rather than your department’s budget number. We will then add the item to Surplus Store inventory and contact you directly with complete purchasing instructions. The employee purchasing a mobile device MUST provide to UW Surplus a copy of the completed and signed UW Mobile Device Allowance Agreement for before the sale can be finalized.

PLEASE NOTE: The UW Surplus office does not have any involvement with your phone plan, phone number, or service. Please submit the form listing only the phone or phones you will be purchasing yourself.

Ability and approval to purchase a decommissioned UW phone or device with departmental approval is allowed only if the item falls under the UW Mobile Device Program guidelines. These guidelines also address questions about keeping your same phone number, etc.

If a UW employee wants to buy a UW-purchased cell phone because his or her department is upgrading their current phone—i.e. they have an iPhone 4 and it’s being replaced with an iPhone 5 and they want to purchase their old iPhone 4 for personal use—this is not allowable.

Contact Information

Phone: 206.685.1573
Fax: 206.616.5280