What is the mission of the Bio-Link Depot?
We give unneeded lab supplies and equipment a new life at middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities. The Depot accepts donations of science lab supplies at our Oakland or Foothill College locations and dispenses them free to teachers at regular Open House events.
How does the donation process work?
Donors contact us through our info-AT-biolinkdepot.org address or fill out the Donor Form. We monitor this email and respond within hours or same day. Donors describe the donation to us. We will accept most lab supplies that can be re-purposed for high school, community colleges and universities.
How does the pick-up or delivery process work?
Pickup and deliveries are handled based on the size:
Small donations (10 to 15 boxes) are picked up same day or next day by Depot staff or volunteers.
Medium sized donations (20- 35 boxes): We will bring two vehicles or small truck/van.
Large Pickup (more than 35 boxes, pallets, freezers, refrigerators, etc.): We can arrange a flat-bed truck (Requires 3-5 days notice).
Large Delivery (more than 35 boxes, 3 or more pallets, freezers, refrigerators, etc.): The best option for large donations would be to drop off at our Oakland site. Just call or email us for any time/date that is convenient to you and we will be at the Depot to receive your donation. We have a forklift onsite to off-load from any type of truck and pallet jacks to move materials.
Where are you located?
We have two locations. Please contact us before arriving or arranging deliveries:
1. Our main donation Center: 9235 San Leandro Street, Oakland, CA 94603
2. South Bay Depot Annex: 12345 El Monte Road, Building 5999, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
What types of equipment and supplies do you accept?
The answer is a huge variety of equipment and supplies. The following is only a partial list:
Consumables: We can accept consumables such as non-robotic pipette tips (1000uL, 200uL, 20uL and 10uL. ), filtration products, microplates, microscope slides, specialty glass, plastic bottles/vials and many other items.
Equipment: We can accept equipment such as hot plates, stirring motors, centrifuges, microscopes, shakers, water baths, vortexes, power supplies, pipettors , biosafety cabinets, autoclaves and many others. Equipment must be in working order.
Other: We can also accept furniture such as lab benches and lab chairs. A limited amount of schools supplies such as binders, folders, etc.
Can I donate broken equipment?
Generally speaking, we cannot accept broken equipment. There may be some situations (i.e. microscope parts) or minor repair (ie: cord replacements).
Where will my donations go?
The Depot intends to provide the donated items to education institutions (K-12, community colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities) for use in education and research. Material that the Depot is unable to provide to education institutions in a timely manner, may be sold, recycled or discarded by the Depot.
Do you accept chemicals and reagents?
We cannot accept chemicals and reagents. You may contact the teacher-run Google Group: The Chemical Exchange Network.
Does Bio-Link Depot offer a donation receipt that can be used for tax purposes?
Yes, after you donate we can provide you with a receipt and a federal ID number.