Channel Island businesses encouraged to find new homes for no longer needed office furniture

April 8th, 2011 by RBC Wealth Management

Businesses with surplus office furniture are being encouraged to offer it out to local charities and organisations before opting to send it to landfill.

That’s the message from the Guernsey Branch of the Samaritans who recently benefitted from the environmental conscience of one local business.

The Samaritans take delivery of surplus office furniture from RBC Wealth Management (L-R): Malcolm Lester, Samaritans volunteer; Zee Lanoe, Director Samaritans; Jane St Pier, Chair Samaritans; Tony Robert, RBC Wealth Management (click image to expand)

A refurbishment of RBC Wealth Management’s level 6 Canada Court offices has left a range of office furniture redundant and rather than dump the goods, the team at RBC Wealth Management has taken the initiative to re-home, re-use and recycle as much of the surplus as possible.

Boardroom tables, cupboards, filing units, chairs and computer desks were among the items up for grabs by local charities and schools. The Guernsey branch of the Samaritans was delighted to receive a large proportion of the furniture.

‘We could never afford to buy such good quality furniture so it really makes a difference to us,’ said Jane St Pier, Chair of the Samaritans.

‘The furniture has transformed our meeting and training rooms and allows us to hold very productive meetings in a very professional environment.

‘It is satisfying to know that the furniture has been re-used and has not become part of landfill and I would definitely encourage any companies with surplus furniture to offer it out to charities on the island before looking to dump it.’

Francis Binney, Environmental Officer at RBC Wealth Management said ‘the refurbishment of level 6 incorporates a strong environmental focus so it was our priority to ensure that we didn’t just waste the redundant furniture. Finding new homes for it all has proved to be a very successful exercise and we are pleased to have been able to help people out during these more difficult financial times. Most of the furniture has now been re-homed with 14 local charities and anything left over has been recycled.’

About the Samaritans

The Samaritans offer emotional support to anyone who needs to talk. Guernsey Samaritans can be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 01481 715515 or 08457 909090 or at jo @ samaritans.org. All contacts are treated in the strictest confidence.

 

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