SWAP collects most reusable, repairable or salvageable surplus property from UW-Madison, Wisconsin State Agencies and municipalities. Acceptable material includes non-hazardous lab equipment and supplies, furniture, office supplies, maintenance equipment and household supplies. SWAP accepts all computers and computer peripherals regardless of condition but all other property must be in salable condition. With the exception of appliances, most non-functioning equipment can be accepted and re-purposed as parts or repair devices.
The list below is a guide to what SWAP will not accept for redistribution or recycling. If you have questions about whether your surplus property is suitable for redistribution, contact the SWAP office for assistance.
Items NOT Accepted by SWAP
SWAP does not accept old or non-functional appliances, individual light fixtures or microwaves.
Batteries currently installed in equipment (laptops, UPS devices, etc.) can be accepted. Individual batteries are considered Universal Waste and should be disposed of on-site.
SWAP does not accept liquids, powders or aerosol cans. This includes paint and related chemicals. Chemicals in new containers may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Contact SWAP for more information.
- Equipment exposed to chemical, biological or radiological hazards with intact safety warning labels must be cleared by Safety prior to disposal through SWAP.
- Lasers – Individual lasers will not be accepted at the SWAP facility but SWAP can assist in marketing lasers for inter-departmental sales/transfers. Lab equipment with an internal laser may be accepted. Contact SWAP for more information.
- Asbestos-containing equipment cannot be accepted or disposed of by SWAP. Older lab ovens, in particular, should be closely inspected prior to submitting a Surplus Request form.
- Mercury-containing equipment
- Gas cylinders
- X-Ray equipment
Bulbs installed in furniture and lamps can be accepted. Individual bulbs are considered Universal Waste and should be disposed of on-site.
Furniture that is broken, in poor condition or dismantled will be refused. SWAP does not accept modular or system furniture components.
SWAP will not pick up or re-purpose sharps hazards, including needles, scalpels or items with broken glass. SWAP will also not pick up or accept material that may pose a hazard to personnel such as plate glass or extremely large, heavy or cumbersome furniture or equipment.
Sensitive or Protected Data
All data-containing devices received by SWAP are either securely wiped of all data prior to redistribution or sent to a secure e-waste recycling facility for destruction and recycling. That said, SWAP is not responsible for records disposal/destruction. SWAP does not accept paper documents or large quantities of Mixed Media (CDs, Data tapes, floppy disks, VHS tapes, etc.). For more information about how to best dispose of these types of material, contact the SWAP office.
SWAP does not accept weapons or any property designed to inflict physical damage.