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SORT: Items no longer needed

Sorting:  What to do with Items No Longer Needed

Suggestions for disposing of items deemed to be no longer needed during the Sort phase:

Sell it

  • If equipment or tools are no longer needed, your company may be able to sell them on the used equipment market.

Return it for credit

  • If raw materials or supplies are no longer needed but they are within their useable shelf life, your company may be able to return them for credit minus a restocking charge.

Give it away

  • If your company cannot sell the equipment, tools, or supplies, consider donating them to a school or not-for-profit organization for tax credit.

As a last resort, throw it away

  • If it is a raw material, be sure to check with your safety and environmental staff to determine the proper and safe way to dispose of it.