Getting new office equipment and furniture is always a pretty exciting time. Whether it’s new computers, new desks, new cabinets, or whatever, it’s nice to do something that can transform your office into a nicer, more productive, more comfortable place to work. The problem is that when you’re done, you have a whole lot of stuff to get rid of. Those old desks, computer, and filing cabinets? They certainly aren’t small or easy to carry out, and you definitely don’t want to see perfectly good stuff go rot in a landfill somewhere. So, what can you do? The good news is that there are several things you can do to make sure that your old office furniture is taken care of in a responsible manner.

Donate

Remember that exciting feeling when you got your new office equipment? Why not pass that feeling on to someone else by donating your older stuff to an office that could use it? While it might seem old or out of date to you, there are plenty of outfits out there that would love to get their hands on some of that stuff. Of course, you want to make sure that computers and other electronics have been wiped clean of sensitive information, but once that’s taken care of, the only thing you need to do is figure out who to give it to.

Fortunately, there are places that can help. A website like Great Nonprofits can help put you in touch with nonprofit companies in your area, many of which would most likely love to get their hands on some newer equipment. Also, posting information on Free Cycle or even Craigslist might snag you a few interested people as well. Not only is this a way to get rid of your equipment, but you’re also helping others upgrade their own office while saving them some money. Not bad, right?

Recycle

If, for whatever reason, donating is not an option, then you should consider recycling it. The idea of all of that metal and plastic sitting in a landfill when it could be put to better use is a cringe-worthy one. Thankfully, there are ways to do this. A website like E-Cycling Central can help connect you to local recycling centers like Newtech Recycling, which can help you dispose of your old equipment in a safe and environmentally-friendly way, and often, those companies will even come to you!

We hope these tips have helped give you some ideas about what to do with that old equipment. Whatever you do, do NOT just throw it out! Helping other companies, or arranging to dispose of it responsibly are definitely the better options in this case!