Whether you’re moving office, refurbishing or downsizing, proper disposal of furniture and IT equipment is an absolute must for modern businesses. Not only do customers expect companies to demonstrate a commitment to environmental responsibility, but failing to do so could result in a fine or prosecution under the Environmental Protection Act.
When undergoing a disposal project, the government expects business to follow the waste management hierarchy, which prioritises how furniture and IT is disposed:
The waste management hierarchy
The government requires that, as far as possible, companies prevent the production of waste. Organisations have three main options to achieve this:
- Resell your furniture and IT to another party to earn money from your assets
- Donate the items to a charity, school or local cause
- Redistribute them to other company locations
If waste cannot be prevented, the next option is to reuse the assets. Businesses can invest in remodelling, to bring the assets back to a useable state and reinsert them into the business.
If the assets are not in a fit state for reuse, they can be taken to a recycling centre to be stripped to their base components, and the components reused in other ways.
If even the components of your assets are beyond use, they can undergo biomass incineration to recover their energy for repurposing.
If the assets are unsuitable for incineration, the final option is disposal via landfill.
Managing your waste: a complete solution
If you are undergoing a disposal project, Pickfords Business Solutions will manage your assets and apply the waste management hierarchy on your behalf. Pickfords will collect your assets from site, tag and track them to identify how they can be disposed of.
Pickfords always follows the waste management hierarchy, prioritising prevention before any other option. We always strive for 0% to landfill, only disposing of items once all other options are exhausted.
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