Surplus Stop

Give back to the UCLA community by donating used items to the Surplus Stop

Did you know that the average college student creates 640 pounds of trash annually, the majority of which accumulates at move-out? From clothes, to books, to food, to furniture, many students opt to throw away items to avoid bringing everything back home. 

Many of these materials, which one Bruin may no longer need, are useful and reusable to another Bruin. The UCLA Surplus Stop is a space to give furniture, electronics, and other items a second life and keep items out of the landfill. UCLA students, staff/faculty, and departments may donate any item that they no longer need to the Surplus Stop, and other students, faculty, and departments can take these items for free. Spearheaded by UCLA Zero Waste, the Surplus Stop reduces waste on campus while providing accessible resources to those in need. 

Hours and Location

The Surplus Stop is located in Parking Structure 9 (exact location will be provided via email once donation or pick-up has been confirmed). Currently the Surplus Stop is open by appointment only, and pick-ups on-campus will take place on the dates below between 1-4pm. We do not offer pick-up services for any off-campus locations at this time.

Summer 2022 – By appointment only

How to Donate or Collect Items

We are currently only accepting donation requests by appointment. Please note that we are currently only picking up items located in departments or residential buildings on campus, and submission of donation form does not guarantee acceptance of items for the Surplus Stop. If you have items for disposal, please refer to our online recycling request form for a bulky item pick-up as well as our page on specialty recycling.

Click the button below to see all the available items in the Surplus Stop. All items are free to UCLA campus members and available on a first come, first serve basis. Please email zerowaste@ucla.edu with the Subject Line “Surplus Stop – (ITEM OF INTEREST)” if you would like to pick up any items.


Accepted Items

We will take any item that is in good or working condition granted that we have space in the surplus stop. Desks or other furniture, such as couches longer than 6 feet, will be accepted on a case by case basis. All TVs and small appliances should be no older than 5 years and will also be accepted on a case by case basis.

School Supplies

  • Binders
  • Paper, colored paper of all sizes
  • Composition paper
  • Graph paper
  • Notepads, notebooks
  • Writing Utensils
  • Scissors
  • Rulers
  • Transparent Tape (Scotch)
  • Correctional Tape (White Out)

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Furniture

  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Storage/organizers
  • Couches
  • Desks
  • Shelving

Home Essentials/Decorations

  • Clean kitchenware (dining sets, eating utensils)
  • Plant pots/vases
  • Umbrellas
  • Clothes hangers
  • Artwork

TVs, Printers, Scanners, and Other Electronics

Must be in working condition no older than 5 years old and must not contain a hard drive.

Computer Accessory Items

  • Extension cables
  • Power strips
  • HDMI, VGA cables
  • Mouse
  • Keyboard
  • Speaker systems

Small Working Appliances

Must be in working condition no older than 5 years old

  • Coffee makers
  • Blenders/Food processors
  • Microwaves
  • Mini-fridges
  • Fans

Raw Materials

  • Wood (clean, plywood, and solids)
  • Aluminum stock and sheet metal
  • Yarn
  • Large pieces of fabric (banners)
  • Corrugated cardboard with the same width, no smaller than 6×6”
  • Carpet tiles

Non-Accepted Items

  • Refrigerators*
  • Laboratory and research equipment**
  • Microwaves, refrigerators, and freezers used in lab settings
  • Clinical and medical equipment**
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Mattresses
  • Electronics
  • Light bulbs
  • Vehicles
  • Textiles***
  • Personal Hygiene Products***

*Accepted through partnership with Habitat for Humanity or other campus channels, please submit photo and detail to zerowaste@ucla.edu to schedule a pick-up

**Accepted through campus e-waste program and partnership with human-I-T, who refurbishes materials and redistributes to underserved communities.  Please submit an online recycling request.

***If you have clothing or personal hygiene products please consider donating to Good Clothes Good People or recycling through our textile bins available on The Hill.