EH&S maintains an inventory of surplus chemicals that are available to the Stanford research community, free of charge. The Surplus Chemical Program is an integral part of the University's waste minimization efforts. The program helps researchers reduce the volume of chemicals that are disposed of as waste. The result is both cost-saving and environmentally beneficial.

Laboratories may donate chemicals that they no longer want or need to EH&S. This does not include waste mixtures or other chemical wastes.

Instructions for Donating Chemicals

If you are interested in donating chemicals to the program:

  1. Determine which materials you would like to donate. Acceptable materials are unopened chemicals in the original manufacturer's container, with the original label in readable condition. EH&S does not accept mixtures, samples, or old/degraded chemicals into the program. Consider whether you would be willing to accept the materials that you would like to donate.
  2. Affix a surplus sticker to each container. Do not obscure the manufacturer's label. Surplus stickers are available through the Safety and Compliance Assistance Program, or by contacting Chris Craig at (650) 723-0654 or ccraig@stanford.edu.
  3. For five items or fewer, send a list of chemicals to Chris Craig. For more than five items, complete and submit an online form. Donations of more than five items are scheduled and picked up by the Chemical Waste Pickup crew. Once picked up, the crew will evaluate items labeled as surplus for inclusion in the program.
  4. Keep chemicals properly segregated. Do not combine items in boxes or trays, unless all materials are compatible (see Compatible Storage Groups).
  5. Items will be picked up from your lab within two weeks. Upon pickup, remove the items from your inventory.

If you have any questions, contact Chris Craig at (650) 723-0654 or ccraig@stanford.edu.

For information on how to obtain surplus chemicals, see the Obtaining Surplus Chemicals service.