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  1. 1. Reuse?That’s a Bright Idea <br />
  2. 2. What’s the Problem?<br />Each year in the UK 8,000,000 items of office furniture are sent to landfill – a total of 400,000 tonnes<br />In office furniture production, wastage of fibreboard alone currently costs nearly £20m a year. Out of 155,000 tonnes used, around 20% is lost during the production process<br />Production of a new workstation has lead to 60kg of factory waste, 27kg more than the desk itself<br />Help to minimize CO2 emissions by reusing items in preference to recycling them<br />
  3. 3. What’s the Cure?<br />In the UK, the Public Sector (and many corporate organisations) have been issued with a number of directives which include;<br />A carbon neutral estate by 2012<br />Recycling 75% of all waste by 2020<br />Reducing waste generated by 25% by 2020<br />Buildings and contents being BREEAM rated<br />
  4. 4. Why ‘reuse’ is better than ‘recycle’<br />So if you need an item, how often do you consider what happens to it once you’ve finished with it? What is your policy for disposal?<br />Whilst recycling is an effective process for dealing with waste, surely it’s better to not produce so much waste in the first place? <br />Recycling takes energy, adds to the carbon cycle and is an inefficient use of resource. Reuse however is far more efficient and less damaging to the environment.<br />
  5. 5. Are You Already a ‘Re-user’?<br /><ul><li>Have you rented a car whilst on holiday?
  6. 6. Have you rented a DVD?
  7. 7. Have you rented a hotel room?
  8. 8. Have you ever used public transport?
  9. 9. Have you ever taken a ride in a taxi?
  10. 10. Maybe more importantly, do you remember milk bottles (and the ‘rinse & return’ policy)? </li></li></ul><li>If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the previous questions, you’ll already be very familiar with the concept of ‘reuse’.<br />Reuse works where you have a need, the item is used to fulfil that need and then returned in its original state for someone else to use afterwards.<br />Essentially, ‘reusing’ means continuing to use an item rather than destroying or reprocessing it (unlike recycling which requires destruction and processing). <br />Granted, the best policy is to reduce consumption in the first place. Sometimes though, this is not possible. So what can be done?<br />
  11. 11. A Solution?<br />As you’re already familiar with the concept of ‘reuse’, how could that be applied to sourcing office furniture?<br />Rental is commonly (and officially) recognised as a furniture reuse scheme.<br />In the same way as each other reusable product we’ve seen, furniture is supplied, used and then collected when you’ve finished with it. That could be one week, or five years... there’s no contract and it’s totally flexible. <br />Once returned, the furniture is cleaned and serviced as necessary and then made available for other users.<br />
  12. 12. Why Rent furniture?<br />Rental is;<br />Tax efficient – rental payments are fully allowable*<br />Off balance sheet<br />Sustainable – no end of life disposal concerns<br />Environmentally responsible<br />Diverts items from landfill<br />Minimizes the harmful effects of recycling<br />Flexible - “Yours when you want it – Ours when you don’t”<br />Instantly available from stock<br />*CORT Business Services UK Ltd and its subsidiaries are not authorised to give tax advice. <br />You should check with your own professional advisor with regard to your businesses tax status.<br />
  13. 13. Who is CORT?<br />Stable & secure: A Berkshire Hathaway company – One of the worlds most successful business organisations. (Chairman - Warren Buffett)<br />Capable: CORThas 30 years experience of furniture rental in the United States, with over 200 locations and 2500 staff<br />Credible: We have experience of renting both commercial and domestic furniture to previous Olympic events in the USA<br />Local: UK expansion began in January 2008 with acquisition of RoomserviceGroup, which had over 18 years furniture rental experience in the UK.<br />
  14. 14. A Selection from CORT’s Office Furniture Range<br />
  15. 15. Why rent from CORT?<br />All items are available from stock<br />We use high quality, branded products<br />CORT provide an assurance which guarantees continuity of style, shape and colour<br />All items are delivered and installed by trained, uniformed staff<br />We provide a personal service guarantee which remains unparalleled in the sector<br />
  16. 16. Summary<br />Renting furniture makes a significant difference to the whole life usage of furniture, making a significant contribution to sustainability.<br />Renting is ideally suited to a wide range of time periods and can be tailored for longer terms if additional flexibility is required (PSS partnership). <br />Continual refurbishment and reuse extends the lifecycle of the furniture.<br />Through the use of rental a typical short term cycle of use and disposal becomes one of extended use. <br />
  17. 17. Contact<br />Tim Swaddle <br />07899 064589<br /><br />CORT Business Services UK Ltd<br />28 Barwell Business Park<br />Chessington,<br />Surrey<br />KT9 2NY<br />Tel 020 8397 9344<br />