If your office space is due for a renovation, have you ever wondered what will happen to all the old furniture you’ll replace? It’s not easy to send such large and bulky items to the scrapheap – nor is it the best option.
There’s plenty of life left in your old stuff. Here’s how unwanted furniture can still be put to good use.
Sell Used Furniture
Furniture is one of the most durable assets you have in the office. Throughout the years, they’ll do the job they were made for but the same can’t be said about their looks. Design trends change and the furniture pieces you have will eventually look dated.
If it’s time to upgrade or move your facilities, you don’t need to send old pieces to the dump. If they’re still in usable condition, selling is the better option – and you don’t even have to do it yourself.
There’s a huge market for used furniture but moving dozens or even hundreds of tables and chairs can be difficult. Luckily, there are many companies who can come in and buy all your old furniture which they will then sell for a profit. Some will even refurbish items before putting it up for sale.
Whether you do it directly or go through a third party, selling off of your old stuff can also help alleviate the cost of getting the new pieces that will replace them.
Donate to Charity
If you’re not strapped for cash but you still need to get rid of old furniture, consider donating them instead. After all, they may no longer serve a purpose for you but they’re perfectly functional for someone else.
We’ve talked about the things you need to know when it comes to donating old furniture here. But basically, organizations like charities and non-profits may not have a lot of resources so they look to the public to lend a hand. Many of these organizations have drop-off locations all over the country and some will even offer to pick it up from your place.
While helping out a good cause is definitely reason enough to donate, you can also look forward to tax benefits from doing so. Each piece you give away has a corresponding value that can go toward your tax deductible. The better the condition of the furniture, the higher that value will be.
It’s important to remember that the pieces you want to give away must still be usable and presentable. These organizations aren’t here to take scrap off your hands. They can and will refuse to accept low-qualityitems since it won’t help anyone.
Recycle Salvageable Materials
What about when the stuff you have is in no condition to be sold or donated? Even if that’s the case, there’s still someplace they can go that isn’t a dumpster.
Most furniture is made of wood, fabrics, metals, and plastics. Much of these materials can be recovered and recycled to reduce the amount of waste. In many cases, thecompanies who buy used furniture can also send them off for recycling.
Old computers and other electronics are candidates for recycling but for different reasons. Aside from what can be safely salvaged, electronics contain potentially harmful materials such as lead that need to be disposed of properly. That’s why they need to be sent to specialized facilities instead of rotting in landfills.
Whatever the items may be, the idea is the same. They’re deconstructed and separated into the different materials they’re made from. Any dangerous materials are taken care of accordingly while those that can be reused are reintroduced into the manufacturing cycle to reduce the impact on the environment.
And similar to donations, recycling furniture can also help reduce the taxes you have to pay.
Let Us Clear the Way
Every piece has its place. That includes both the furniture that makes it way to your facilities and the ones that have to be moved out. Whether you want to liquidate, donate or recycle your old equipment, OIG can help. As part of our commitment to sustainable office solutions, we have our own dedicated e-waste management company, United Electronic Recycling, that also specializes in Data Security and IT Asset Management.
Give us a call at 972-388-7848 to find out more. We’ll make sure that everything that leaves your office goes where it needs to be.