Furniture and Equipment Disposal

FitzGerald Furniture Cage

Gently used furniture that is no longer needed is donated to the “Furniture Cage” for use by another Department within the Faculty of Medicine. Most furniture is accepted but must be approved for donation by our Facilities Coordinator. This is to ensure that the items we are storing are in good condition and are suitable for re-use. When donating an item that is lockable, we ask that you tape the keys to the inside of the top drawer for the next user.

There is no charge for the use of the furniture that has been donated but pick-up of the furniture must be organized and paid for by your department.

To arrange a viewing of the available items then please contact, Facilities Coordinator at 416-978-1489 or via email at

The following items are not accepted for donation:

    All Lab Equipment (excluding benching)
    Broken or unsafe furniture

If you have any small single peices of furniture that are no longer functioning properly then please call the Recycling Centre for pick-up. Their contact information and more information on the Recycling Centre can be found at

Unwanted Lab Equipment

If you have lab equipment that you are no longer using, you are required to decontaminate the equipment and have a “safe to remove” tag affixed to the equipment by EHS before it is removed from the lab. You can find information for lab and equipment decontamination on the EHS website at:

E-Waste Day

Once a year E-Waste Day is held in the Medical Sciences Building to dispose of electronic and computer items properly. You are asked to store the unwanted items until the E-Waste Day. Discovery Commons staff are on hand during the day to remove and destroy of hard drives from old computers.

Swap Shop

Furniture that is not accepted for donation to the Furniture Cage can be delivered to the SWAP Shop which is open to anyone to pick-up items. The SWAP Shop is also associated with the recycling center and ensures that all items are properly disposed of if they are not claimed by a new user. All of the information for the SWAP Shop can be found on their web page at

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