What is Resource Recovery (formally Surplus)?
The Resource Recovery program serves as an important function to help us conserve University resources, support sustainability efforts and safely dispose of electronics and other items.
- Check Resource Recovery first if you need office items for your department - at no cost to your department, you can often find items such as filing cabinets, chairs, desks and tables, computers and whiteboards.
- Find a new home for the office items you can no longer use - contact Resource Recovery first, and review the University's Resource Recovery program policies for more details.
- Properly dispose of broken, outdated and unusable items - we will determine the correct, and lawful way, to dispose of your items
Viewing & Submitting items online
- View resource recovery items for University use, as well as directions for reserving, picking up, and delivering items.
- View recourse recovery items available to the public and directions for picking up items. These items may not be reserved.
- Enter items into resource recovery (by Resource Recovery coordinators).
- Please find the Resource Recovery coordinator for your department (if you are not one).
- The Resource Recovery Guide outlines our procedures and policies.
- Pre-Move: If your furniture is attached to a wall or has multiple pieces attached to each other, please let us know you will need disassembly help when you submit your item. If our movers arrive and don't know your furniture needs to be disassembled, your move may be delayed.
Email email@example.com or call (609) 258-2347 with any questions about the University Resource Recovery Program.
Subscribe to the Resource Recovery sales email to receive emails on special sales and what's happening (please be sure to remove your default signature from the email).
Preparing items for pickup
Preparing items for proper pick-up helps respect our staff and protect University interests and the environment. Your cooperation is very much appreciated. Please note we are unable to return an item once it has been picked up.
- Include item-specific information on your Resource Recovery pick-up work order
- Include asset tag number (a small barcode sticker with Princeton logo and a number)
- Include the serial number for any electronic device
- Contact Customer Service, 609-258-8000, for assistance
- Empty furniture of ALL items prior to pick-up, especially file cabinets
- Clear all food waste from mini-refrigerators prior to pick up
- Unlock all furniture/file cabinets prior to pick-up and tape keys to the appropriate item
- Keys can be obtained from the University lock shop if needed
- List ALL items for pickup on the work order (cabinets, shelves, lamps, couches, desks, cabinets, electronics, etc.)
- Help us pick-up the correct items
- Respect our moving staff's tight schedule
- Label item(s) for pick-up to assure we collect the correct items (a handwritten note taped to item(s) is fine)
Please visit our Resource Recovery facebook page for more detailed information on events. We are open most Thursdays, yet occasionally need to skip certain weeks to support University activities.
Winter Break - closed during the month of December
Academic Year Hours
- Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - noon, open to approved non-profit organizations only
- Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m, open to Princeton University personnel only
- Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m, open to the public
- Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Open to Princeton University personnel & the public
Coming to the Warehouse
Our warehouse is located at 755 Alexander Road, Door 4 (just south of route 1). If you are interested in items for personal use, you will need to bring a Mastercard or Visa credit card, we do not accept cash. And remember, the items are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Items departments no longer use must be turned over to the Resource Recovery program so that University capital asset records can be updated and the item or items can be redistributed to other departments, sold, donated, or recycled.
University property may not be removed from the campus for personal use, resale, or other unofficial use unless processed through the purchasing department. This includes discarded items, equipment or supplies in use by departments or by students, tenants, or visitors. Do not remove items from dumpsters, garbage cans, or any other disposal location for personal use or sale. This is against the University’s Facilities Policy.