We all need office furniture but what happens when we have unwanted office furniture like an old office chair to get rid of?
Can you recycle office chairs?
If so, how?
And is recycling always the best option for your old office furniture?
We asked some environmentalists their opinion on what to do with old furniture and this is what they told us.
How Is An Office Chair Recycled?
Firstly, we should note that it is entirely possible to recycle an old office chair and that means that you should be able to turn your office chair into something else of value.
In fact, if your old office chair is made of large amounts of metal – one thing that you can do is talk to a scrap metal dealer. You can sell office furniture to these dealers and they strip the old office chairs down and remove all the metal.
However, they're not a recycling center and all the other parts of your old office chairs are likely to be sent to a landfill. The wood used in most chairs, to be fair, is often not able to be recycled as the “wood” tends to be chipboard.
If you contact specialist recycling companies, on the other hand, they may be able to recycle some of the materials in your old office chairs too.
The downside of this, however, is that you won't get any money for your old office chair – the company will simply take it off your hands.
You may also be able to leave an office chair out for your local junk removal service or government collection scheme as many of these services now attempt to recycle any chairs, desks, etc. that they receive.
Who Will Recycle Old Office Furniture?
It really depends on where you live, the best option is to Google for a place that recycles office chairs in your neighborhood.
If you can't find anything that way, you might try contacting furniture stores near you or a local mattress recycler to see if they can help or you could call the helpline for E-cycleEnvironmental and they can try and point you in the right direction to recycle your office chair.
Things That You Can Do With Office Furniture That Are Better Than Recycling
However, before you start going through the different types of home office chairs and investigating our list of the best sustainable home office chairs, and investing in new furniture, you might want to hold off just a second and do something more useful with your chair.
Send It To A Thrift Store
If the office chair is in half decent condition, then you might try hunting down a local thrift store to see if they want it. Now, there's no point in doing this if your unwanted items are not in usable condition, as the store will want to be selling your items in good condition to other people.
Some thrift stores may do more than get rid of your office chairs and might even pay you for them when they sell. However, if you don't need the money why not donate them to a store that raises money for a good cause?
That's junk removal with a heart.
Sell It On Facebook Marketplace/Craigslist
Many people are out there seeking cheap furniture for their home office, they'll buy your old chairs, desk, filing cabinets, etc. and they might even repair them too if they're only lightly damaged.
This can often be the easiest way to get rid of your furniture and not only won't it cost you anything, but you should also make a few bucks doing so. Though you're unlikely to make a fortune on these online marketplaces.
Sell It On To New Leaseholders/Tenants
If the only reason you were going to call in a junk removal company is that you thought it would be too time-consuming to move your chair to a new set of premises – you can always sell the old one to the new tenant.
They might be delighted to save on the effort and expense of buying new. This can easily be the best solution to getting rid of a chair.
Renew The Chair
Finally, you could also renew and repair your own chair. You'd be amazed at how much difference you can find just by cleaning the wheels on a home office chair.
And with a bit of new fabric and careful effort to avoid toxic chemicals, you can often turn an old chair into something very new looking indeed and just as comfortable, for less money than you'd have spent buying a whole chair.
There are companies that specialize in the restoration of furniture if you don't know how to do it yourself.
Final Thoughts On Recycling Home Office Chairs
It's a good thing to recycle, but it's always better to reuse something. If your chair is truly useless, then by all means get it recycled.
But otherwise, consider selling it or repairing it or donating it, and allowing your chair to have a new lease of life with somebody else.