The Surplus Exchange diverts consumer electronics from the waste stream insuring that the material is properly recycled in accordance with Basel Action Network guidelines. The Surplus Exchange does not use prison labor and will not ship to downstream vendors who use prison labor. The Surplus Exchange diverts office furniture, fixtures, and electronic business machines from the waste stream for distribution through reuse programs or proper recycling.

The Surplus Exchange is committed to protecting the environment of the Earth.

To minimize environmental impacts concerning our activities, products and services, we shall:-

  • Comply with applicable legal requirements and Basel Action Network requirements to which The Surplus Exchange subscribes which relate to its environmental aspects. Including but not limited to: No use of prison labor in our process. No selling to brokers. No shipping overseas. No sales of untested non-working equipment. No Sales of unlicensed software.
  • Prevent pollution, reduce waste and minimise the consumption of resources.
  • Educate, train and motivate employees to carry out tasks in an environmentally responsible manner. Educate employees to operate in compliance with BAN Standards.
  • Encourage environmental protection among suppliers and subcontractors.
  • Create and participate in outreach programs to educate the community about the dangers of eWaste.

The Surplus Exchange is committed to continual improvement of environmental performance. This Policy will be communicated to all staff, contractors and suppliers, and be available for the public.


Over the past quarter of a century plus, we have grown from a small not-for-profit operated out of a garage to the nationally recognized organization that we are.

We have kept hundreds of thousands of tons of e-waste and office equipment from filling the landfills.  We have been involved in well over one hundred community e-waste collection events. We have gained a great deal  of proficiency over the years, and expect to keep learning.

You can keep up to date on our events, awards, changes, and other stuff by following our deputy director, Bob Akers on twitter: