Surplus Sales

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How to Dispose

The disposal of UCSB property is governed by University policy as set forth in Business & Finance Bulletin BUS-38 “Disposal of Excess Materiel and Transfer of Federally-Funded University –Owned Material.

At UCSB, Surplus Sales has the responsibility to dispose of excess and surplus property and is delegated the authority to establish selling prices. On items of real value, Surplus Sales staff may consult with the department in establishing fair market value.

The first step in disposing of an item is to ascertain if it is an inventorial item. The distinction between an inventorial and non-inventorial item is more specifically defined on Equipment Management’s website, however, in general, if an item originally cost over $5,000 it would be considered inventorial. If the item is inventorial and you wish to dispose of it through the normal channels of having Surplus Sales dispose of it, please complete an Excess and Surplus Property Disposal (ESPD) form (see BFS Equipment Management Forms). Send the ESPD form to the Equipment Management department where the title will be reviewed and the form then forwarded to Surplus Sales. Surplus Sales will then contact the department to either arrange a pickup on a recharge or, if the department chooses, to coordinate the department delivering the item(s) to Surplus Sales where no fee is assessed.

If the item(s) are non-inventorial, contact Surplus Sales at 805.893.2732 for discussion about how to proceed with disposal. While a department may not sell its own surplus material, non-inventorial and non e-waste items may be trashed or recycled by the department. Disposal of non-inventorial surplus is at the sole discretion of Surplus Sales, with an emphasis placed on re-use and recycling as much as possible. Generally, if any of these items are sold, no money is returned to the originating department.

Surplus Sales yard

Methods of Disposal are:

  • Sale
  • Donation
  • Scrap, salvage, or recycle
  • Trash

For more information on disposal procedures contact Jeff Goldmann at Surplus Sales at jeff.goldmann@ucsb.edu or 805.893.2732.

Buying from Surplus Sales

Surplus Sales sign on tent

UCSB departments are encouraged to purchase used equipment and items from Surplus Sales. It is a great way to save money. Many of the items for sale are used by most departments on campus.

Viewing hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm at our location in Building 507 on Mesa Rd. (just east of Los Carneros Rd.).

You may call Jeff Goldmann, 805.893.2732 or email him at jeff.goldmann@ucsb.edu to ask if Surplus has what you’re interested in buying.

Selling Your Equipment

Surplus Sales is the only authorized department from which UCSB inventorial, or non-inventorial items may be sold.

cabinets and stacked chairs

Surplus Sales staff will work with you, if necessary, to obtain the proper information needed in order to sell the item, choose the best method of selling and then work with buyers to make transactions.

Surplus Sales utilizes many different methods to sell UCSB surplus property including:

Proceeds from the sale of equipment are generally divided between Surplus Sales and the originating department on a tiered basis as outlined in the tab marked Surplus Sales Handling Fees. Note: Unless an item sells for a minimum of $ 100, no proceeds are returned to the originating department.

For more information please contact Jeff Goldmann, 805.893.2732, or jeff.goldmann@ucsb.edu.

Request a Pickup

Surplus Sales storage

You may request a pickup of surplus property by calling Jeff Goldmann at 805.893.2732 or surplus.sales@dls.ucsb.edu. As outlined in the tab How to Dispose an Excess and Surplus Property Disposal form must be completed and sent to the Equipment Management department for inventorial assets before pickup can be arranged.

There is a charge for pickup (see Furniture Services Recharge Rates), however the department has the option to bring surplus items to Surplus Sales, with no fees being assessed, after coordinating the drop-off with Jeff Goldmann.

Recycling/ E-Waste

Surplus Sales attempts to dispose of all items possible by selling, recycling, re-use, or sending as much as possible to a state-certified electronic e-waste recycler.

Surplus Sales has a large Marborg dumpster to collect metal and recycles all wood pallets. It also collects used toners and print cartridges from departments through the collection by Associated Students Recycling.

Refrigerant Disposal

All surplus items that contain refrigerants must have the refrigerant removed prior to being recycled. This includes refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners. Marborg Industries removes these appliances from the Surplus Sales yard at Surplus Sales and transports to their facility where the refrigerant is reclaimed and the item recycled.

Because Surplus Sales must pay Marborg for this service a refrigerant recycling fee is assessed to the department for each item that is removed. This fee is based upon the size of the item and the amount of refrigerant it contains. For example a small mini fridge would cost approximately $20 for Marborg to recycle while larger lab refrigerators might be $30. If the item is in working condition and able to be sold, the refrigerant does not need to be removed. All UCSB departments are required to dispose of items with refrigerant through Surplus Sales to ensure proper and environmentally friendly disposal.

Surplus Sales is unable to accept liquids, light bulbs, any type of batteries whether computer related or household and smoke detectors. These items can be recycled at Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) except photo electric smoke detectors which can be placed in the trash after removing the batteries.

Surplus Sales takes seriously the UCSB goal of reaching a zero waste university.

Surplus Sales Handling Fees

UCSB Surplus Sales tent

If surplus equipment is sold, proceeds from the sale are returned to the originating department in accordance with a sliding scale approved by the campus Income and Recharge Committee. No money is returned for sales less than $ 100.

The Sliding Scale is as follows:

Proceeds from Sale Stores Handling Fee
Up to $ 300 $ 100
$ 401 - $ 500 25%
$ 501 - $1,000 20%
$1,001 - $5,000 15%
$5,001 - $10,000 10%
$10,000 or more Negotiate with department

Note: Handling fee may vary based upon the amount of advertising, duration in inventory, and administrative time involved with selling item(s).

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