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. 

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. The available items are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you have questions, chemical orders, or are interested in in-person browsing, email

Equipment and Materials

Click the button above to browse our current inventory and request items. They are typically delivered within 1-2 weeks.


You can browse our chemical inventory through the MI Safety Portal (MISP). Go to “Reports” and look at “ChEM Reuse Program’s Chemical Inventory” for a list of chemicals we have available, then email to place an order.

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), we can visit your lab to assess excess materials for possible donation. And if multiple labs in your building need to clear out space, consider a lab swap event.

Email the Office of Campus Sustainability at 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, email