Classroom Used Furniture Recycling
Classroom furniture has to meet exacting functional criteria such as flexibility, aesthetics, compatibility with existing, strength and durability. It is also important to consider how this furniture will be disposed of at the end of life.
Facilities Services has worked for many years with Calstone inc., a Canadian furniture manufacturer in part because of their leadership in product stewardship and corporate commitment to sustainability.
For example, old classroom seating that is no longer required would normally be destined for landfill. Instead, with Calstone, the company provides a guaranteed Take Back Program where they will pick up used Calstone products and return them to their manufacturing plant in Ontario. There the furniture is taken apart into their components and reassembled into new furniture pieces or recycled (more information here).
Since many classrooms on Burnaby campus are now old and undergoing renovations, it is expected that a significant amount of waste will be diverted through Calstone's Take Back program.