Storage Policy

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Member Storage

Generally, storage is provided for the short-term storage of active projects and associated materials.

Storage is free

Storage is provided as part of membership dues, no additional payment is required for storage.

Labeling required

All items stored must be clearly marked with:

  • The owner’s name
  • The date the items were placed in storage
  • At least one valid piece of contact information (email, phone number)

Standard unit of space

The standard unit of storage space is a 20-gallon plastic storage tote. Members should make an effort to condense their materials to fit in a standard tote or equivalent volume. Additional space available; Larger projects and materials may be stored on the storage shelves, provided the labeling requirements are met.

Large projects

Projects and materials which cannot be stored on the shelves may be stored on the floor in a designated large project storage area or other location at the discretion of shop management.

Inactive projects, proportional responsibility

Projects and materials which have not been worked on in the last 30 days will be considered inactive projects. If space is needed for the storage of an active project, members with inactive projects may be asked to remove them from the shop. The more space is taken up by a project, the more responsibility its owner has to insure that their project remains active. If storage space for active projects runs low, inactive projects will be considered for removal in order from largest to smallest.

Unlabeled items

Stored items which do not meet the requirements of A.3 shall be moved to “up-for-grabs” storage or disposed of at shop management’s discretion in the following situations:

  • During each quarterly clean-up event
  • At any time when the space occupied by these items is required for storage of an active project
  • At any other time shop management deems necessary

Communication is key

Most storage problems can be easily avoided by communicating with shop management regularly. Shop management has the authority to decide what is and is not acceptable in all situations.

Storage is a privilege

Violation of this policy will result in loss of storage privileges at the discretion of shop management.

Up-for-grabs Storage

Generally, storage space is provided for the collection of materials, stock, components, and other useful items which members may wish to use in their projects. All material designated as “up-for-grabs” is available for all members to use for their projects as needed.

Restricted items

Certain types of item are of no practical use to the membership, and may incur a cost to the organization for disposal. The following items should not be donated to the up-for-grabs areas:

  • CRT monitors
  • Inkjet printers
  • Anything leaking oil or other hazardous or messy substances.
  • Dangerous substances or hazardous waste, except useful chemicals, paints, solvents, etc. With shop management approval.

Notwithstanding the above list, shop management may reject any item for donation at their discretion.

Neatness, disposal

Items shall be stored in an orderly fashion in the provided areas. Anything and everything stored in the up-for-grabs areas is subject to disposal at any time.

Enacting/Amending the policy

Initial adoption

This policy shall be in force immediately once officially adopted by shop management and/or the board of directors, as may be required

Amending the policy

If this policy is amended, the revised policy shall be effective 14 days after notice of the change is published in the Twin Cities Maker email newsletter.