It’s no secret that perfectly functional office chairs and desks are often landfilled at the end of commercial office leases.
In The Fifth Estate’s ebook series, The Tenants and Landlords Guide to Happiness we learnt of solid timber board tables and expensive Aeron chairs thrown into the waste truck. Mainly the issue is logistics. The demolition team is ordered, the team is paid on an hourly basis, there are major safety issues to deal with – imagine loose and live electric cables and partly dismantled furniture – and topping it off is the old tenant needing to return the space to its pre-occupation condition before being legally released of their obligation.
It’s a nightmare made up of competing interests. Not the least of which is the need to find a new owner for the goods and getting them to pick up at exactly the right time. Or find expensive storage solutions instead.
While this mind-boggling waste problem has not gone unnoticed, few companies have managed to find alternatives to landfill. According to Sustainable Stripout founder Bernie Fernandez only 5 per cent of end-of-lease strip out waste is currently reused or recycled.
Bernie says the inaction on stripout waste is not so hard to understand. It comes down to well worn practices and habits. It’s hard for companies to change ingrained processes, he says, especially when an end-of-lease is already disrupting day-to-day activities.
It doesn’t help that many businesses still perceive landfill as the cheapest option for used furniture. However, in most cases, rehoming items saves money on landfill fees.
That’s the Sustainable Stripout guarantee: avoid landfill fees – which can be upwards of $30 a square metre – and save with the zero cost, zero risk service.
The not-for-profit is also dedicated to helping its clients meet corporate social responsibility targets, with 100 per cent of profits from the resale of materials donated to charity. Bernie says his sustainable defit model is perfect for property managers and corporates looking to take meaningful action on their sustainability commitments.
While for-profit sustainable defit models also stop needless waste and save businesses money, Sustainable Stripout ratchets up the positive social and environmental impact with its donations-based model.