Should Office Furniture feature in your Waste Management plan?
Monday, September 24, 2018
Should Office Furniture feature in your Waste Management plan? When you think of office waste, you might introduce measures to minimise paper use or provide an alternative to disposable cups. We suggest that you should also consider your office furniture. When new office chairs or desks are required, could you source pre-owned furniture? When items are no longer required, could you donate or sell them for reuse?
Used Office Desks
You might be surprised to hear that over 200,000 used office desks are bought in the UK every year. These second-hand desks are in great condition and buying second-hand results in considerable cost savings for the business. What’s more, the company that donate or sell their used desks can save on disposal costs.
According to the Waste Resource Action Programme (WRAP) data, the purchase of used office desks, in place of new, helps to avoid around 3,600 tonnes of CO2 entering the atmosphere. It also means that fully functional office desks are given a second lease of life, rather than being dumped in landfill.
Whilst this is good news, the fact is that 200,000 represents just 14% of the potential volume of desks that are no longer required each year. This means there is scope for many other businesses to benefit from donating, selling or buying used office desks.
Resized Office Desks
You may have concerns that second-hand office desks might not fit into the available space. By showroom, such as Recycled Business Furniture, High Wycombe, you can specify your measurements and see if they have suitable sizes and styles in stock.
If you have a particularly tight space, or a requirement for unusual dimensions, it might be possible to ask for a used office desk to be cut and resize. With the careful application of an outside strip, you might never know that an adjustment had been made.
Plastic Free Status for High Wycombe
It’s great to hear that High Wycombe, along with the nearby community of Penn and Tyler’s Green are officially working towards Plastic Free Status. The focus of this initiative is to minimise our reliance on single-use plastic items, but it does get individuals and businesses thinking about wider waste management issues.
If your company is looking to embrace sustainable practices and purchase used office desks, High Wycombe based Recycled Business Furniture invites you to visit our showroom in Sands.
Come along to see a wide selection of pre-owned office desks including:
- Bench Systems
- Rectangular or Wave
With free parking outside the door, it’s convenient to pop in, find what you need and load your van. Alternatively, for details of our latest stock, visit the Recycled Business Furniture Facebook page.