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What can my Organization Surplus?

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Surplus takes many different kinds of items. Everything from Pencils to Airplanes, and much more in between.

Things we can take

Things we cannot take

Surplus Operations cannot accept hazardous or toxic waste. These items include but are not limited to:

  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Flammable or toxic liquids
  • Paints and coatings
  • Pesticides and fertilizers
  • Radioactive materials
  • Used oil
  • Mercury filled thermometers

Visit the Department of Ecology for a complete listing of hazardous materials. When these items are declared surplus, your agency is responsible to ensure they are disposed of properly. If your agency does not have an established contract for hazardous waste disposal, please use our master contract for hazardous waste disposal. You may also contact us if you have questions.

  • With the exception of a central processing unit's (CPU) originally installed operating system (i.e., DOS, Windows, etc.), we cannot accept computer software. Many items at Surplus Operations are sold to the general public, so any software or sensitive data left on a hard drive could potentially be retrieved. It is your agency's responsibility to remove such software and/or data.

    Agencies that wish to dispose of computer software should check their software vendor contract for disposition information. If such guidance is not available, the software may be scrapped. Agencies have delegated authority to dispose of scrap materials, agencies are still required to submit a disposal request. Per OCIO Requirements 8.3. when sending a computer to Surplus Operations you must wipe and remove all software from the hard drive, please indicate the unit's original operating system on the disposal request.

What to do about scrap

State agencies have delegated authority to dispose of scrap materials (unusable or broken property), agencies are still required to submit a disposal request.

Scrap metal should be recycled, either sold on site or picked up by a state contracted vendor. View master contract information on scrap metal recycling.

Per RCW 43.19.1919 you can donate your items to eligible government entities. Please contact us at surplusdisposal@des.wa.gov for an approved list. You must submit a disposal request and receive a surplus authority number to donate items. View Washington Administrative Code 200-360-010 for more information.