From office electronics like printers and scanners, to furniture like desks and cubicles, the amount of waste that comes out of an office move can be overwhelming. Part of being a responsible business owner is taking into account the effect that waste has on the environment and the community, so it’s important to take the right steps to dispose of your office equipment.
Whether you’re relocating, renovating, or downsizing, an office move can be a busy and stressful time, so here’s some info on items you should avoid just tossing in a trash heap.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: electronics that aren’t disposed of properly are a detriment to the environment because as they break down, the chemicals and metals seep into the soil contaminating it and the groundwater.
In fact, it is illegal in many places, including Minnesota, to dispose of e-waste in regular trash disposal. We cannot stress enough how important it is to make sure that your electronics like printers, computers, phones, and televisions are disposed of responsibly. Even if your waste happens to be just one printer, that one printer can still have an impact on the environment and could potentially be reused or recycled.
We understand that office items like desks, chairs, and file cabinets break down over time and also go out of style. Sometimes, it’s just time to freshen up the look of your office, but what do you do with the old furniture once it is replaced? Most of it won’t be accepted in regular trash pick-up because it’s too bulky.
Donating items that are still usable to organizations like Goodwill or Habitat for Humanity is a great way to minimize your impact and also benefit those in need. Otherwise, these items are likely to end up in a landfill or in the incinerator. If the items are broken or unusable, you’ll need to research how to dispose of them properly in your area.
No office move is too small for the team at Junk Command. We understand the needs of small business owners and will do everything we can to make your life easier at this stressful time. From lifting and loading, to breaking down cubicles, we handle all the junk and you’ll be able to rest easier knowing that your old office equipment, electronics, and furniture were disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.
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