ChEM Reuse Program

The Chemical, Equipment, and Materials (ChEM) Reuse Program supports U-M labs and U-M’s waste reduction goal by enabling surplus chemicals, lab equipment, and materials to be used in other campus labs rather than being sent out for disposal. 

Update 4/1: We are not currently fulfilling orders nor accepting donations. We hope to be back soon!

The program is operated by the Office of Campus Sustainability in partnership with Environment, Health & Safety. Any U-M Ann Arbor lab can donate usable items or request items—for free!

Request Items

You can browse the inventory online or in person. The available items are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Online
  • Chemicals: Go to “Reports” and look at “ChEM Reuse Program’s Chemical Inventory” for a list of chemicals we have available, then email requests to sustainable-labs@umich.edu.
  • Equipment and Materials: Browse inventory, make selections, and submit the form.
  • You may also email requests and questions to sustainable-labs@umich.edu. We are happy to put requests on a “wishlist” if not currently in our inventory and contact you if it comes in.
In Person

Researchers are welcome to set up a time to browse our inventory in person. See available time slots or email sustainable-labs@umich.edu to request a time. You may take items at the time of your visit or arrange delivery at a later date.

Donate Items

Your U-M lab can donate chemicals, small equipment, or materials that are no longer needed.  All items must be in good condition and functioning. Chemicals must be in properly labeled containers, unexpired, and be able to be stored at room temperature.

If you have large quantities of excess materials (such as during a lab closure or move), request an Office of Campus Sustainability representative to visit your lab to assess excess materials for possible donation.

Email the Office of Campus Sustainability at sustainable-labs@umich.edu describing your donation. Please include your location, description of items, and preferred pick-up time and day. We will do our best to accommodate requests.

For More Information

Contact Nicole Berg at (734) 763-4615 or Ken Keeler (734) 936-6663 or email sustainable-labs@umich.edu.