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The Surplus Chemical Program reduces chemical waste streams and saves money. Chemical use is essential to the operations of many laboratories on campus, making chemicals an important resource to protect. Recipients of reagents can be confident of chemical quality and purity when accepting chemicals screened and logged by EH&S. By using surplus reagents, you will avert significant energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from chemical manufacturing.

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Surplus scintillation cocktail worth $50 per bottle.

To minimize waste in laboratories, LabRATS promotes the UCSB Gateway Surplus Chemical Program. The program initially started off in collaboration with many different campus organizations but has now become incorporated into Gateway.


To access the Chemical Surplus Program, you must login to UCSB Gateway. After logging in, scroll down to the Medical/Clinical/Lab Section and UCSB Chemical Surplus – Free should be the first box there. 

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Acid, bases and salts are the most common surplus reagents.