Workers in warehouse load electronics onto wooden pallets

Excess Express material processors, from left, Michelle Pierce, Kevin Miles, Hunter Glover and Tyrone Walker organize pallets of excess material. In fiscal year 2023, the Excess Express team removed over 480 pallets of material from the Savannah River Site.

AIKEN, S.C. – A team arranged for the reuse or disposal of nearly $11 million in government assets at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30.

Established in 2016, the Excess Express team ensures government property at the site is safely and securely disposed of or reused through a process that involves inspecting, separating, inventorying and staging the items.

Craig Martin, manager of the Excess and Salvage Programs for SRS management and operations contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS), said the team surpassed its fiscal year 2022 record by 45%, with $10.9 million in government assets disposed of or reused in the past fiscal year.

“We are constantly looking for ways to benefit the government and local communities through this turnkey operation,” Martin said.

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Excess Express team members supported the processing, disposal and reuse of nearly $11 million in government assets at the Savannah River Site in fiscal year 2023.
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Excess Express material processors Hunter Glover, left, and Tyrone Walker prepare office equipment and other excess materials for removal from the Savannah River Site inventory.

Excess equipment can be reused by SRS workers, off-site state and federal government agencies, and nearby community organizations and programs, such as the Laboratory Equipment Donation Program (LEDP) and the SRS Community Reuse Organization (SRSCRO). LEDP grants surplus and used laboratory equipment to colleges and universities for educational programs. SRSCRO supports technology-based startups, business expansion and new ventures across the Central Savannah River Area.

“Millions of dollars’ worth of excess equipment and materials are trusted in the hands of this team,” DOE-Savannah River Organizational Property Management Officer Sam Brantley said. “On behalf of site tenants, site contractors, local universities and surrounding communities, we are so grateful for your contributions and dedication to this program.”

Brantley recalled when Martin requested the donation of excess stationary equipment to an impoverished community in Allendale, South Carolina.

“We were able to process those items correctly through the program and donate over $1,000 worth of equipment to students to further their education,” Brantley said. “It is a wonderful feeling when this team can repurpose unusable materials to benefit low income or disadvantaged populations in our surrounding communities.”

-Contributor: Mackenzie McNabb