What to Send to SWAP

SWAP accepts salable surplus property and computer equipment from the UW-Madison campus, state agencies and municipalities in the Madison area.  SWAP will NOT collect items that are hazardous, deemed unsalable by SWAP staff, or items that are unsafe to handle.  If SWAP collects items that require a recycling fee, the department's MD Account Number will be charged a handling and disposal fee.  The list below is a guide to what SWAP will and will not collect but it is not a complete list.  If you are unsure whether or not SWAP should pick-up your materials, contact the SWAP Manager matthew.thies@wisc.edu for assistance.

*SWAP reserves the right to refuse any surplus material not accompanied by a Surplus Request Form or material on our list of items we do not accept no matter the method of transport to our location (UW-Madison Truck Service, state agency movers, contracted moving vendors, etc.)*

Items Collected by SWAP


Items NOT Accepted by SWAP
(Contact SWAP for alternative disposal option)

  • Computer Equipment
  • Computer monitors ($7 ea. charge)
  • Televisions ($10 ea. charge)
  • Copiers and large printers ($.20 per lb if over
    50 lbs and unsalable)
  • Office furniture in clean, working condition
  • Functional office supplies (please sort if possible)
  • Clean, reusable lab glass
  • Non-hazardous lab equipment
  • Tools and hardware
  • Audio/Video equipment
  • Clean, modern and functional appliances (NO MICROWAVES)
  • Shelving - bookshelves must be single-sided and complete
  • Books - Call for large quantities













  • Liquids, powders, or aerosol sprays of any kind
  • Items exposed to, or containing, radiological, biological or chemical hazards
  • Modular workstations (including system furniture)
  • Incomplete, dismantled, broken or dirty furniture (missing drawers, ripped, stained or broken chairs, etc.)
  • Dismantled Shelving
  • Mattresses
  • Handling hazards (i.e. needles. sharps, heavy equipment, broken glass, plate glass, etc.)
  • Contaminated lab equipment and supplies
  • Individual lead-acid batteries
  • TVs and Monitors with broken cathode ray tubes
  • Lighting fixtures and ballasts
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Old, dirty and/or non-functioning appliances
  • Microwaves
  • Compressed-gas cylinders
  • Fume hoods, flow hoods, biological safety cabinets and glove boxes
  • Mixed media (CDs, microfilm, VHS tapes, X-Rays and Negatives, 16 and 35mm tapes, etc.)
  • Documents/folders with confidential data (i.e. social security numbers, employee/student ID information, etc.)
  • Locked cabinets or safes without keys or combinations
  • X-Ray supplies and equipment