If you’re on the move you may be surprised at just how much stuff you have accumulated over the years, which makes a change in premises the ideal time for a big clear out.

Of course, looking at your belongings in a different light doesn’t necessarily have to go hand in hand with a move; many people are choosing to remove the level of furniture in their homes and offices to reap the benefits of feeling more open plan and having more space, or downsizing to save some money – after all, every square metre counts in London.

It can be a really cathartic process, looking through all of your belongings, seeing how far you have come, and whether certain pieces of furniture are really something you want to take with you, but in practical terms, decluttering can also bring up lots of questions about the best way to dispose of your furniture, especially when it comes to the security of computer equipment. Luckily, there are a few options available to you, and they don’t all have to mean that your furniture won’t be used again.

As the saying goes, one person’s trash is another’s treasure, so it is worth thinking of local charities, church groups or youth clubs that could put your furniture to good use. Your local council could help to give your furniture a new home, and you could also contact London Re-use Network http://londonreuse.org or The Furniture Re-Use Network http://frn.org.uk.

If you have computer equipment or documents which are no longer needed, it’s important to ensure they are disposed of not only responsibly but legally. While you may not want to take your old photocopier with you, you can’t just throw them in the trash, as it’s now illegal, because of the impact it would have on the environment. But don’t panic, you can do your bit by recycling your electrical items legally, by making sure that you use an organisation which complies with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive. If you have some equipment that does need to be destroyed, you should make sure that you get a certificate of destruction, for your insurance and data protection records. If you are sending your documents to be shredded, you also need to ensure that you get a Waste Transfer Note and Certificate of Destruction, as the onus lies with you to prove that it has been disposed of properly. Please rest assured as we have a department that can take care of all of this for you.

Of course, if you choose the right removal company, you could benefit from all of their experience and local knowledge, as they will know the best place for your furniture to be recycled or disposed of, and save you a lot of time in the process.

If you have any questions about furniture disposal, please get in touch with one of our team.

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