The fact is that approximately 165,000 tonnes of office furniture is thrown away yearly from British businesses. Some of this will be the result of wear and tear, but the majority is in perfect working order and its disposal is largely due to changes in fashion, variations in staff levels, or whole office moves. To reduce the impact of waste office furniture, the Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse set up a one year collaborative project in 2009 to identify and address some of the problems associated with reusing office furniture. The strategy was to look at all levels of the industry  engaging manufacturers, third-party reusers, the charitable sector and procurers. By addressing problems throughout the industry, we hope to begin the move to a more sustainable future. For an overview of the successes of the project follow the link.

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