Office furniture is a valuable asset to your business when it’s being used well by your staff. However, at some point the desks and chairs may not serve them as well due to wear and tear, or even faulty ergonomics. But how do you deal with old furniture disposal?
It’s no secret that furniture is bulky, heavy, and often difficult to move. You maybe had the company you bought it from deliver it and set it up, but who will take it away?
Sure, you can attempt to do the job yourself. That means potentially disassembling the desks to make them easier to navigate down stairs and around corners. However, there’s still the question of where to haul the items once you get them to the curb.
You can save yourself a lot of time and effort from the start by partnering with furniture disposal in Toronto. Not only do these specialists bring the items for recycling when possible, they can also do the heavy lifting.
Kick Back Strain to the Curb
Lifting bulky furniture out of your office building is no small task. There’s the risk of dropping it, causing damage to walls – or even injuring you in the process. One wrong move, and you or a staff member could be taking days off to recover from strains.
The benefit of having a third party pickup old furniture is that they are trained to move junk, even the heavy stuff. Their crews can navigate their way through tricky corridors without putting dents in your walls.
Just as importantly, you won’t need to drag away staff from their new desks in order to get used furniture to the curb for pickup. They can continue focusing on their important tasks while furniture disposal in Toronto does the heavy lifting.
Don’t Gamble On Pickups
There are other benefits to using experts to pickup old furniture. If you’re doing the job yourself, you’ll also need to arrange municipal collection as part of the task. Otherwise, the pile of furniture can sit at the curb, becoming a potential liability or even garnering a fine from the city. There’s even a chance that your municipality doesn’t deal with old furniture disposal, or has very specific rules about how to prepare it for collection.
The other option in a DIY scenario is hauling all of the items to the dump by yourself. For this step, you’ll need to have a proper vehicle (likely a truck or van), and then pay any applicable dumping fees. This is not to mention that all of the furniture will likely end up in a landfill, which is not the most environmentally friendly option. Landfills are known to emit greenhouse gases into the air and leak toxins into the groundwater over time.
Consider Selling or Donating The Items
Another option for Toronto furniture disposal is selling it at the end of its life cycle. You can list the items on an online marketplace to recover some of the original costs.
However, there are some possible pitfalls with this route. One of them is that is will take a while for a serious buyer to come along, meaning you might have to store the items (for a cost) in the meantime. Unless you have a huge office space, you won’t want the old desks and chairs taking up space.
You’ll also want to find a buyer that’s willing to pick up the old furniture, otherwise you’ll be stuck doing a delivery on top of lugging them from the building. Even if they do agree to pick it up, they’re not likely to be the ones carrying it out of the office. So you’ll still need to allocate time and effort into getting it outside so the buyer can load it.
There’s also the process of negotiating price, which can be frustrating. You might also have buyers who disappear during this stage, meaning you’ll have to find another potential customer.
In the end, you can make a bit of cash from selling your used furniture. However, it may end up costing you in order to accommodate the transaction. Depending on the condition of the items, you may never receive a fair offer.
If you don’t want to go through the headache of selling the furniture, you can always donate it to a local organization that can make use of it. Some companies that specialize in picking up old furniture can also bring desks and chairs to the recipient on your behalf, which is a win-win.
Ensure Proper Recycling
Furniture is made up from materials that can be re-used, such as wood, plastic, metal, and glass. You can research whether you can deliver it all to a local recycling plant, or whether the city will haul it to one for you. However, while much more environmentally friendly than dropping it all at a dump, there’s still work involved to get the items out of your premises.
Luckily, some Toronto furniture disposal companies are knowledgeable about which items can have a second life in a new product. They will bring any applicable pieces of furniture to a recycling plant to be stripped of valuable re-usable materials, diverting them from landfill and saving natural resources.
No matter what method you choose to dispose of the unwanted items, you can rely on a pro to pick up your old furniture and deal with it in a responsible manner. Learn more about the benefits of hiring junk pickup from 1-800-Rid-Of-It, and how to save 10% on pickups from outdoor spaces.