GVSU Surplus Store

Mission Statement

The GVSU Surplus Store was created to reduce environmental impact by engaging in sustainable practices. The Surplus Store provides items that have reached the end of their shelf life for sale to the general public and creates an avenue for educating students in the field of business and sustainability practices.

5 Things You Should Know About the GVSU Surplus Store

Hi, welcome to the GVSU Surplus Store. Our inventory is constantly changing, but the one thing you can always count on is a great deal!

Here’s 5 things you should know about us.

Number 1 – we sell University used IT equipment, office supplies, furniture and much more. We clean and test all of our inventory before putting it out for sale, so you know you’re getting great quality at affordable prices.

Number 2 – whatever we can’t sell is either broken down and recycled or donated to a local charity, nonprofit or school.

We are serious about sustainability and strive to keep as much GVSU property out of the landfill as possible. In fact, 92% of all items sent to the Surplus Store are sold, recycled or donated. That’s over 200,000lbs since we opened in 2013.

Number 3 – you can shop in store or online. Our store is located at 429 Standale Plaza, NW in Walker, MI right down the street from the Walker Fire Station.

You can also shop online 24/7 at www.gvsusurplusstore.com. After placing your order online, you can come and pick it up from our store in Walker.

Number 4 – you can ride the rapid to get to our store! Just take the Laker Line to the the Cummings Avenue station. We’re a 5 minute walk from there.

Number 5 – we employ a team of dedicated and talented students to run the daily operation of our store. We love providing this avenue for giving students hands on experience in IT, business and marketing. We can always count on our Lakers to be the best and hardest working employees!

So what are you waiting for? Come shop with us today and see what you can find at the GVSU Surplus Store.

Sustainability

The GVSU Surplus Store is modernizing the way the GVSU Community disposes of its unused materials. When items have reached the end of their life cycle or are no longer needed, Procurement Services collects the items from the GVSU Community and make them available for sale at the retail store. Some of items that are available for purchase are laptops, desktop computers, office chairs and furniture, cell phones and computer monitors along with various other items.

Our goal is to reduce the amount of university materials that go to a landfill. When we find items that cannot be reused, we look to recycle them in an efficient way that maximizes our commitment to sustainability. Some items, such as electronics or hazardous materials require specialized handling. We continually work with our vendors and partners to ensure all byproducts of recycling are disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.

92% of all materials collected by the Surplus Store are either sold or recycled
92% of all materials collected by the Surplus Store are either sold or recycled

Sustainable Efforts

  • Products avoid ending up in a landfill.
  • Products that are inadequate to sell are recycled in a responsible and sustainable manner.
  • When special situations arise, products are donated to other nonprofit organizations (e.g., being schools, food pantries, etc.) in order for GVSU to continue giving back to the community.

Student Employment

  • Students receive hands-on experience in a business setting.
  • Students learn about the importance of sustainability and best practices.
  • Student employment opportunities are posted to www.gvsu.edu/lakerjobs as they become available.

Reduce Costs of Operations

  • The revenue from sales goes back into the University's general fund to be used for general operating costs of the University.
  • The overall goal of the Surplus Store is to use the store's revenues to help provide students with a quality education at a more affordable price.

2013-2018 Surplus Store Landfill Diversion (lbs)


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Recycling Efforts 2013-2018


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Type

Lbs

Metal

176,119

E-Waste

31,940

Plastic

1,445

Other

39

TOTAL

209,543