Surplus Property also is popular with students looking to pick up personal items, to help complete their residence hall room or furnish their off-campus residence.
When needed, e-scrap such as computer hard drives, printers and TVs are recycled along with scrap metal. “We even break down three-ring binders and other things that don’t sell to remove the metal and recycle it rather than having it go in a landfill,” Scrivener said.
A motorcycle and a piece of heavy equipment
Most items sold to the public are common, including used exercise equipment, but occasionally unusual items come up for sale. One of those was a rare, 1983 Honda CX6Cx 650 turbo motorcycle. It had been donated to the university, disassembled, and was used in a student lab.
Recently, a piece of heavy equipment, a front-end loader, was sold online for $11,400. The loader had been used to scoop coal into the steam furnace, but the university switched from coal to natural gas in March 2020 and the machine no longer was needed.
“The ongoing efforts and self-education by the Surplus staff to find new uses, markets and end-of-life responsible recycling for a wide variety of items adds to our overall sustainability goals,” said Darrin Witucki, director of University Centers, including the Memorial Student Center.
UW-Stout is a Charter Signatory of the Carbon Commitment and being carbon-neutral by 2050.
A second campus solar panel project recently was completed. It includes new panels on the roofs of Jarvis Hall Tech Wing and General Services.