Department of Finance

Disposal of goods

A public authority must dispose of goods in a manner that is ethical, equitable, efficient, and where practical maximises a value outcome for government. This may be in the form of public benefit or financial return.

Appropriate methods to dispose of goods include the following:

  • Transferring to another government entity.
  • Trade-in.
  • Inviting competitive offers through written quotations or open tenders.
  • Public auction.
  • Recycling.
  • Donating to charitable institutions where the goods have little or no economic value or the cost of disposal through other methods is not efficient or economical.
  • Destruction or dumping in accordance with relevant regulations.
  • Community re-use or environment recycling for information and communications technology (ICT) equipment.
  • Selling to public sector employees through a competitive process.
  • Disposal pursuant to and in accordance with the Market-led Proposals Policy.

Disposal of hazardous goods

Hazardous goods must be disposed of in a manner that safeguards against environmental risks and addresses health and safety issues.  A public authority disposing of hazardous or potentially pollutant goods must obtain advice on policy and environmental considerations from the relevant government authority.

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