Promoting Reuse with UT's Surplus Store

UT Austin's Surplus Store at PRC

Their purpose is to repurpose: Surplus Property is responsible for collecting, storing, and transferring approximately 20,000 pieces of University of Texas at Austin property each year. Many of the items handled find new homes within the university or among public schools—a policy of sustainable resistribution that is one of the key components to achieving UT's zero waste goal

But not every item is claimed. This has opened the door to community members who can purchase vintage chairs pulled from classrooms, weights straight from a locker room, and even the odd piece of gold jewelry.

Interested? Now, there are three ways you can save money and the environment with UT Austin’s Surplus Property:

  1. The UT REUSE Surplus Store is open to the public on Thursdays from 3:00-7:00 p.m.! Items are priced to sell, and our “Dutch Auction” pricing allows for 25% price drops on a monthly basis. The UT REUSE Surplus Store is located at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus, 10100 Burnet Rd., Building P30, Austin, TX 78758. Just look for the signs!
  2. Don’t forget about the UT Surplus Online Auctions! New items are posted every 5-10 days for bidding, and hundreds of items are offered each month. After a quick, 2-minute registration, you can bid on items from the comfort of your home, office or smart phone. Winning bids can be picked up at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus Surplus Property locations Monday-Friday from 8:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. Current UT Surplus Online Auctions items can be found at
  3. Save your department the high cost of buying new furnishings and help UT Austin achieve our Zero Waste goals! UT Surplus Property has Open Selection for UT staff and faculty every Friday from 8:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. Thousands of items are available for redistribution back to university departments at no charge (delivery fees may apply).

For more information about UT Surplus Property, including how to request pick-ups, get contact information and find important links, please visit our webpage. Visit them on Facebook and Twitter!

Author Laura Illanes writes the Values at Work series of articles.