Our Sustainability Efforts

Purdue University's Surplus Store "GREEN Program"

  • Redistribute assets within the University
  • Generate revenue through sale of merchandise to the general public
  • Reduce landfill costs through sale of merchandise

E-waste has become a major concern to the University over the past several years. University Surplus has made a huge impact with reducing the amount of waste ending up in local landfills.

  • Approximately 5,000 pounds of power cords that are cut off from machines and recycled
  • Hard drives, circuit boards, aluminum, memory sticks and metal cases are also recycled

Recycle, Reduce and Reuse Efforts

We have also helped with reducing the amount of waste in local landfills by hundreds of desks, chairs, filing cabinets and other University surplus furnishings that are sold through the Surplus Store for reuse.

When it comes to sustainability, the Surplus Store continues its quest to be a leader within the University and local communities. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle has been the practice of the Surplus Store since the mid-1960s.

A recent collaboration between the Surplus Store and REM has reduced our computer e-waste from 76,000 pounds per year to zero pounds per year. The purchase of a new state-of-the-art hard drive crusher will not only guarantee the security of the University's electronic media, it will also reduce hard drive e-waste and turn a product that once cost the University to dispose of into a recyclable product. In 2015, the University Surplus Store sold over 994,000 pounds of desks, chairs, filing cabinets and other end of use items that otherwise may have ended up in the landfill.

In addition to selling refurbished computers, flat-screen monitors and LCD projectors, the Surplus Store also sells office furniture, University vehicles and lab equipment. On special occasions, the Surplus Store will offer surplus athletic apparel and equipment. For the years 2011-16, these sales have allowed the Surplus Store to return over $2.5 million directly back to owning departments' accounts.

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