|Vol. 18, No. 19||Feb. 11, 1999|
The Campus Environmental Action Committee recommends an often-overlooked way to recycle-purchasing used state property, often at greatly reduced prices.
This relatively unknown source of low-cost office furniture, laboratory equipment and educational materials is available through the Division of Purchasing (DOP) surplus operation in Delaware City, which manages both state and federal surplus property distribution from two warehouse buildings on the Governor Bacon Health Center and Fort DuPont State Park complex.
State agencies, school districts, municipalities and nonprofit organizations may select from an ever-changing stock of surplus offerings from the following categories: office furniture, computers, A/V equipment, power and hand tools, hardware, military surplus, medical equipment and office and business supplies.
The DOP also will accept a wish list of specific equipment that an agency may desire. The buyer must beware that all items are sold in "as is" condition and purchases must be hauled back to campus by the buyer, who also may hire the services of UD Movers <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
University purchase orders are welcomed by DOP, and state and non-profit agencies do not need an appointment to view or buy the property.
The State Surplus Property warehouse also is open for public sales, but only from 8 a.m.-noon on the first and third Saturday of each month and from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesdays. Only cash is accepted for personal purchases.
Recycling surplus works both ways. Departments may consider donating used but usable office and laboratory furniture, supplies and equipment if unable to relocate it to another UD department. DOP will review your list of unwanted items and will pick up items from UD work sites for a modest service charge. Be aware that they will not take attic cleanouts.
The Division of Purchasing is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Mondays-Fridays. No appointment is necessary to view current surplus offerings.
For more information or directions to the Delaware City site, call 836-7640 or visit the division's web site at <www.state.de.us/purchase>.