Aug 15, 2017
Americans dispose of 11.8 million tons of home and office furniture, or nearly five percent of all garbage generated, every year into local waste streams, according to the most recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates. Overall, 80 percent of that waste goes to landfills, most of the remaining waste is sent to incinerators and less than one percent is recycled.
For businesses, the office environment contributes to corporate culture and the energy in the space. Periodically, office managers want to refresh the look and feel of the equipment employees use at work. And while standard accounting practices estimate these assets retain some value for seven years, the objects we use every day—desks, chairs, cubicle walls and file cabinets—can last a decade or more. By the time many office managers are ready to order new furniture, the old models feel dated. Those high, gray cubicle walls that were in style in the 1990s have faded in favor of today’s more open office concepts and lower partitions.