Material Acceptance Guidelines

SWAP collects all reusable, repairable or salvageable surplus property from UW-Madison, state agencies and municipalities. SWAP will NOT collect items that contain, or have been exposed to, chemical, biological or radiological hazards.  SWAP will not accept weapons, handling hazards, or items that have been deemed by SWAP to be unsalable.

The list below is a guide to what SWAP will and will not accept but it is not a complete list.  If you have questions about whether your surplus property is suitable for redistribution contact the SWAP office for assistance.

Under no circumstances are materials to be dropped off at SWAP (1061 Thousand Oaks Trail, Verona) without submitting a Surplus Request Form.  SWAP reserves the right to refuse all materials identified in the Material Acceptance Guidelines as items not accepted by SWAP.

Items Accepted by SWAP

  • Appliances in salable condition 
  • Artwork
  • A/V equipment, including televisions
  • Books
  • Clothing - clean and salable
  • Computers, computer peripherals & copiers
  • Cell phones & tablets
  • Dewars - clean and salable
  • Exercise equipment
  • Furniture - complete and in salable condition
  • Lab equipment & supplies - clean and non-hazardous
  • Medical equipment & supplies - non-hazardous
  • Maintenance equipment (shop, janitorial, etc.)
  • Office supplies - functional
  • Restaurant & food service equipment
  • Small engine equipment
  • Stage & theater equipment
  • Tools & hardware
  • Trailers or wheeled (non-vehicle) equipment
Items NOT Accepted by SWAP

  • Equipment exposed to chemical, biological, or radiological hazards
  • Equipment with intact safety warning labels
  • Lasers
  • Gas Cylinders
  • Weapons, or any property designed to inflict physical damage
  • Modular or system furniture components
  • Furniture that is broken, incomplete, or in poor condition
  • Dismantled shelving
  • Sharps hazards, including needles, broken glass, etc.
  • Contaminated or dirty lab glass
  • Liquids, powders and aerosol cans
  • Mixed media in large quantities - CDs, microfilm, VHS tapes, etc.
  • X-Ray equipment
  • Lighting fixtures
  • Fluorescent bulbs - unless installed in furniture or lamps
  • Microwaves
  • Old, dirty, dismantled or Non-Working Appliances
  • Plate glass (handling hazard)
  • Asbestos-containing material
  • Batteries unless installed in equipment (laptop, UPS, etc.)
  • Documents with confidential data including student records
  • Paint & paint removers
  • Mercury-containing equipment
  • Expired Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)