A large amount of unwanted large office furniture ends up at landfill sites. It is important that all business try their upmost best to recycle where possible. The main issue businesses face is how to recycle furniture when they are made up of different types of material. There are of course solutions for this, unfortunately not all businesses are aware this.
Why recycle office furniture?
The majority of office furniture items are recyclable and can be reused with minimal planning, as well as refurbished or deconstructed for recycling. By doing this your business is helping to protect the environment and reducing the demand for timber, metals and plastics. Recycling large office furniture helps divert large amounts of waste from landfill, thus reducing carbon emissions associated with manufacturing.
There are a few ways to recycle office furniture:
- Find a company that will collect unwanted furniture and separate the different materials that your furniture is made up of. So any wood and metal desks that would otherwise end-up in a landfill will get dismantled and recycled as wood and metal separately. The same will go for your office partitions and your office chairs.
- Find an independent company that will collect or buy used office furniture for refurbishing and resale.
- Contact furniture suppliers that offer a collection and recycling service for the furniture at the end of its lifetime.
- Find a charitable organisations and opportunity shops will also accept and collect unwanted office furniture on a smaller scale.
Office furniture that is no longer wanted will be reused, refurbished or recycled but it all depends on the condition of the office furniture.
- Reused – If furniture is in a good condition then second-hand office furniture retailers or charity shops can sell it for reuse.
- Refurbished – furniture that cannot be used immediately are put aside for it to be touched up. This involves cleaning the furniture, repairing any defects, replacing worn fabric and painting over any scratches.
- Recycle – when furniture is in no state to be used again, they are deconstructed, separated into material streams such as metals, plastics, fabrics and timber, and processed accordingly.