Notifications & Updates


The Lab Swap Days support U-M’s waste reduction goal by enabling surplus lab materials to be used in other campus labs rather than being sent out for disposal. These in-person "swap" events will enable the research community to rehome lightly used, non-expired lab materials, consumables, glassware, and small equipment in a convenient, on-site process.

Thursday, May 9th - NCRC dock 90

  • Drop off donations from 8-11am
  • Shop from 11am-2pm

Thursday, May 16th - MSRB Dock 6

  • Drop off donations 8-11am
  • Shop from 11am-2pm

Wednesday, June 12th - BSRB Seminar Rooms 1,2 & 3

  •    Drop off donations from 8-10am
  •    Shop from 10am-1pm

Accepted Items:

  • Consumables like pipette tips, well plates, unopened PPE, etc

  • Equipment that still works

  • Glassware that is not broken

Important safety notes:

  • There is no chemical amnesty this year. DO NOT BRING CHEMICALS 

  • Please wipe items down with soap+water or bleach+water if they were used in a BSL1 or BSL2 lab

  • All items should be in good condition, functional, free of contaminants, and clean 
  • Please attach a decontamination form if donating equipment and make sure equipment is clean

If you have any questions about the events, please contact

Last year, the Office of Campus Sustainability partnered with Medical School Facilities and Environment, Health and Safety to coordinate “Lab Swap Days” within the medical school. These events encouraged lab staff to conduct lab clean-outs and donate surplus supplies, while giving them a chance to obtain free gently used materials. With waste diverted from the landfill totaling over 1,900 pounds and researchers saving more than $42,000!