Furniture at Staffordshire University repurposed to avoid waste

Staffordshire University has reused furniture and appliances from buildings that are set for demolition.

Brindley Food Court

By repurposing existing furniture, the University won’t need to purchase new items and appliances, which reduces the consumption of materials and the associated environmental impact.

As a University, we are committed to reducing the amount of waste that we create, and this includes larger items like furniture and electricals, as well as everyday waste. We always prioritise reusing furniture within the University and when that isn’t possible, we will donate items to charity.

Laura Rhodes, Sustainability Engineer at Staffordshire University

In preparation for the demolition of two University buildings, University House and Brindley, furniture and appliances have been relocated for reuse in other buildings on campus to avoid unnecessary waste and consumption of new products.

From University House, all the desks and drawers are now being used in the University’s new building, The Catalyst, and sofas and tables are being utilised by postgraduate researchers in the Cadman building and careers studio in the Science Centre.

Canteen furniture and catering equipment from Brindley has also been moved to the careers studio, sports centre, Stafford campus and new nursery and forest school.

Every year, 22 million items of furniture are thrown away in the UK (North London Waste Authority), and as part of the University’s sustainability agenda, the organisation is committed to reusing items and reducing waste.

By repurposing existing furniture, the University won’t need to purchase new items and appliances, which reduces the consumption of materials and the associated environmental impact.

Laura Rhodes, Sustainability Engineer at Staffordshire University, said: “All furniture and appliances in University House, and several items within Brindley, have found new homes within the University.

“As a University, we are committed to reducing the amount of waste that we create, and this includes larger items like furniture and electricals, as well as everyday waste. We always prioritise reusing furniture within the University and when that isn’t possible, we will donate items to charity.”

Recently, the University has also donated second-hand furniture from its Stafford campus to local charity Douglas Macmillan, who provide free hospice services to more than 3,500 people with life-limited illness in Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, and surrounding areas.

Surplus items following refurbishment works at the University’s Stafford campus to create its new Centre for Health Innovation were donated to Dougie Mac and their sale will help secure much needed funds for the Hospice.

If you have items for reuse, or are in need of furniture, please contact Laura Rhodes within the Estates department (laura.rhodes@staffs.ac.uk).

 

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