General Stores provides The University of Iowa with office products, custodial supplies, paper, copy machine supplies, and specialty products such as dry ice and softener salt. It also operates a gas cylinder pick-up and delivery service. Although some items are kept in stock at General Stores, many more are available through an office supply vendor on contract with the University. Presently, that vendor is Office Depot. Print catalogs are available on request.
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Universal wastes are EPA regulated materials that are both hazardous to the environment and commonly found in industry as well as households. Because the materials are common, they are known as Universal Waste. Items identified as Universal Waste include:
- Aerosol cans that are pressurized containers holding a propellant used to expel material.
- Batteries containing hazardous materials, such as NiCad, lithium and lead-acid batteries.
- Fluorescent or other lamps that contain mercury vapor.
- Mercury containing instruments such as thermometers, barometers, and thermostats.
General stores will provide the pickup and return of these lightbulbs. Or a department can choose to drop them off. You will need to submit the request through workflow. If you are doing a drop off, please have the completed form filled out with your delivery. Thank you.
- Lamp Pickup Request Form (Use this form to request pickup by General Stores)
It has come to our attention that vendors are calling UI departments to market copier and printer toner and ink cartridges. These vendors do not represent the General Stores contract with Office Depot, and departments should NOT order supplies from them. Typically, although the pricing may sound attractive in the phone call, it ends up being significantly more expensive than our contract prices. Often these vendors give the impression that you are purchasing new, original, equipment-manufactured toners when in reality you will receive low-quality reconditioned toners.