Waste News Worth Your While

durable goods waste in USA chart

Waste News Worth Your While

According to the EPA, 57 million tons of durable goods waste is generated in the USA each year. Furniture waste accounts for 21% of that total. Unfortunately, 65% of total durable goods waste goes to the landfill.  Even more concerning is that 80% of furniture waste ends up in the landfill.

Waste 360, a leading information source for the waste and recycling industry, explores the topic of furniture waste in a recent article by Arlene Karidis, Tackling a Multi-Million-Ton Furniture Waste Problem.  The trends contributing to the increasing disposal rate of furniture are examined and solutions of three companies who want to counter these trends are discussed.

Furniture Reuse Solutions’ very own Dana Draper weighed in on the discussion, presenting a strong case for reuse through charitable donation.  A single-source solution for sustainable disposition is highly desirable to clients.  Project logistics are streamlined and the cost is competitive with other, less environmentally friendly alternatives.

“We are keeping everything together by convincing clients to go to reuse rather than liquidation when possible.  We make it attractive through logistics; one vendor shows up and takes everything when possible,” Draper says.

As corporations, school districts, universities, and other large organizations continue to build on their social responsibility initiatives, they are looking to the type of asset disposition services offered by FRS to help them achieve their goals.

durable goods waste in USA chart