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Agency Office Furniture


Whether you are buying or discarding furniture, follow these tips to minimize waste and save money.

When purchasing furniture:

  • Make sure to buy durable, long-lasting, classic items that will not damage easily if your office relocates, and will remain in style over time.
  • Consider leasing furniture so that the manufacturer or retailer is responsible for reuse, recycling, or disposal at the end of the lease.
  • Ask suppliers about used or remanufactured furniture; prices for quality, remanufactured furniture typically range from 30 to 50 percent less than new furniture.
  • Contact the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), Office of Surplus Activities (OSA) at (212) 669-8550 to obtain surplus items relinquished by other City Agencies.

When discarding furniture:

  • Relinquish or Donate leaving NYCWasteLess usable furniture to charitable organizations. Before donating items, City Agencies must follow procedures for relinquishment of City property.
  • Recycle damaged metal and plastic furniture. Large items that are at least 50 percent metal or plastic are required to be recycled in NYC.
  • If wooden furniture is too damaged for repair or refurbishing, recycle it by contacting a wood broker to determine if it can be used as scrap wood for mulch, fuel, or other uses. 

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