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  • Properly dispose of broken, outdated and unusable items - we will determine the correct, and lawful way, to dispose of your items


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.

  • Open once a month during the Alexander bridge closure

    • Thursday, December 5 (from 10 am-1 pm for both University personnel & the general public)
    • Thursday, January 17 
    • Thursday, February 13 
    • Thursday, March 19
    • Thursday, April 16
  • Academic Year Hours

    • Wednesdays, 9 am-noon, open to approved non-profit organizations only
    • Thursdays, 8:30 am-9:30 am, open to Princeton University personnel only
    • Thursdays, 10 am-1 pm, open to the public
  • Summer Hours

    • Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Open to Princeton University personnel & the public

Viewing & Submitting items online


Email resourcerecovery@princeton.edu 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)

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. 

Resource Recovery Program Policy: What to do With Unused University Property

  1. 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.

  2. 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.


Did you know?

  • Facilities Finance and Administrative Services provides Facilities operating departments with shared services, including: budget, finance, materials management, procurement and contract administration, and support for information technology hardware and enterprise systems.