86  Shop and office furnishings

General information

Refurbishment following a change of tenancy often means good materials wasted.  Below we list outlets for reusable items.  

For office machinery in good working order and situations where a "trade in" may be appropriate, consult 'Also see' list immediately below, or refer  to appropriate dealers in Yellow Pages.


Fly-tipping is illegal, unsociable and unnecessary - don't even think about it.

There is a charge for every load of waste you take to landfill
BUT the organisations below may want to use your waste, 
or they could direct you to someone who does.

If you know someone who may be fly-tipping, PLEASE put them in touch 
with someone listed in
who can help them.


Also see
Books and publications (33)
Office technical wastes including toner cartridges
Electronic and electrical scrap (44) 
Computers and electronic goods (87)
Plant and machinery (88)
Auction houses (110) 
Charity and community schemes (130)

Alphabetical list of organisations

1st Leabridge Office Furniture

Tel 0208 539 4820
310 Leabridge Road, LONDON E10

Sale and purchase of used office furniture.

A & A Office Furniture

Tel 0207 609 6179
31B Drayton Park, Highbury, LONDON N5 1NT

Purchaser of secondhand office furniture and machinery. Office clearance including free removal of rubbish.

ABA Office Furniture

Tel 0207 700 3850
11 Vulcan Way, Westbourne Estate, LONDON N7 8XP

Purchaser of secondhand office furniture and machinery. Office clearance including free removal of rubbish.

Andrew's Office Equipment

Tel 0207 256 1269
97-101 Hackney Road, LONDON E2 8ET

Sale and purchase of used office furniture and equipment. Office clearance. Also trading as Blackfriars office furniture. Branch network of eight shops.

Any Junk?
0800 0431 007  /  020 8877 1155 
www.anyjunk.co.uk  Email enquiries@anyjunk.co.uk 
Unit A06, Riverside Business Park, Haldane Place, Wandsworth, LONDON SW18 4UQ

Junk clearance and rubbish removal for the home, office and garden, by "friendly, uniformed drivers in smart, shiny trucks".  Most of Greater London covered.  Old sofas to construction rubble.  Junk taken to recycling depot or given to charity if possible.  If your waste is all 'ready' at the same time, a useful alternative to skip hire.  One-off or regular clearances for offices.  Bookings within 2 hour 'windows'; team calls 15-30 min before arrival.  Payment on collection: rates per amount of junk collected and weight - rough quote on phone, exact quote on arrival - guide on website.  Office hours Mon to Fri 9 - 5; clearance hours Mon to Fri 8 - 5, Sat 9 - 1pm.  No hazardous materials such as paint, noxious chemicals, solvents, oil, petrol cans, gas bottles, tyres, asbestos, vehicle batteries, medical or biological waste
.  No house-to-house removals, but can take to a charity if agreed with charity in advance.  (Updated Oct 2005)

APR Recycled Office Furniture
Tel 01234 740777
Unit 5A/6A Elstow Storage Depot, KEMPSTON HARDWICK, Beds MK45 3NL

Sale and purchase of new and used office furniture. Repairs and reupholstery.

Barkham Office Furniture

Tel 0118 976 1066
Unit 9, Woodlands Farm, Barkham, WOKINGHAM, Berks RG11

Sale and purchase of office furniture and equipment.

Barnsbury Office Equipment

Tel 0207 253 4634
217-219 City Road, LONDON EC1V 1JN

Sale and purchase of used office furniture. Office clearance.

Beneficial (Green-Works) Materials Bank and Craft Unit 
Tel 02392 82 5686 or 07734 777224  Fax 02392 751545 
16 Anson Road, Fratton Industrial Estate, PORTSMOUTH, Hampshire PO4 8TB  
Contact  James de Bathe, General manager  02392 82 5686 or 07734 777224

Previously called Green-Works South.  Expanded Feb 2004 and re-located to Beneficial Foundation Materials Bank and Craft Unit  www.beneficial.org.uk .  Aims to reach schools, charities, community groups and start-up businesses over a much wider area; and create further training / employment opportunities for people of all ages with a wide range of disabilities.  Open Mon, Tue 8.30 4.15; Wed 8.30 5.30; Thu 8.30 3.00; Fri by prior appointment.  Closed weekends.  Established Nov 2002.  See also HANTS - PORTSMOUTH The Beneficial Foundation Materials Bank & Craft Unit (MBCU), section 140 Scrapstores.  (Updated Apr 2004)

Blackfriars Office Furniture

Tel 0207 251 0860
2 Farringdon Road, LONDON EC1

Sale and purchase of used office furniture. Office clearance undertaken.

Britannia Office Furniture

Tel 0207 713 5330
163 Kings Cross Road, LONDON WC1X 9BN

Sale and purchase of all types of used office furniture. Office clearance.

C E Burns and Sons

Tel 0207 739 6270
16-22 Bacon Street, LONDON E1 6LF

Waste paper collection and recycling. Confidential data destruction. Purchase of surplus office equipment.


Tel 0208 539 1624 Fax 0208 558 3962
21 Millicent Road, Leyton, LONDON E10 7LG

Sale and purchase of used shelving and racking.

The Centre 
see Earth Centre, Herts below

Cornish Maintenance Co (CMC)

Tel 0208 539 1624 Fax 0208 558 3962
21 Millicent Road, Leyton, LONDON E10 7LG

Sale and purchase of used shelving and racking.

Dacorum Paradise Furniture Project
See Hemel Hempstead

David Way Ltd

Tel 0208 360 9367 Fax 0208 245 2141
790 Green Lanes, Winchmore Hill, LONDON N21 3RE

Sale and purchase of used office furniture.

Dawson Hume Ltd

Tel 01702 347150 Fax 01702 348102
135 Victoria Avenue, SOUTHEND ON SEA, Essex SS2 6EL

Dealer and specialist auctioneer - office equipment, furnishings and computers.

Dex-It Shelving Ltd

Tel 01487 711728 Fax 01487 815995
3 High Street, Ramsey, HUNTINGDON, Cambs PE17 1AE

Sale and purchase of used Dexion shelving and racking.


Tel 01487 711728 Fax 01487 815995
465 Finchley Road, Hampstead, LONDON NW3 6HS

Sale and purchase of used Dexion racking.

Eagle Office Equipment

Tel 0208 795 1748
23 IBC House, South Way, WEMBLEY, Middlesex HA9 0TJ

Sale and purchase of all types of used office furniture. Also office clearance.

Earth Centre (The Centre)
Tel 01438 716873 / 01438 716478  Fax 01438 717535
Email planetwise@aol.com  Website www.catsurvivaltrust.org 
Codicote Road, WELWYN, Herts AL6 9TU

Charitable business - profits support various environmental projects.   Accepts or collects unwanted office furniture, computers (Pentium 2 or newer for re-use) and photocopier equipment, carpeting etc.  Please ring in advance for a visit.  (Updated July 2005)

Emmaus Cambridge
Tel 01223 863657 (shop / enquiries)   Tel / Fax 01223 862676 (business office)   Tel 01223 863950 (charity/homelessness office)  
Email xt40@dial.pipex.com  Website www.emmaus.org.uk
Green End, Land Beach, Cambridgeshire CB4 8ED

Social ethics led organisation, giving previously homeless people accommodation and fulfilling work.  Furniture recycling is one of the most successful ways the organisation's UK sites have accomplished this.  Receives during opening hours, and collects and delivers by prior arrangement, unwanted, good quality furniture and household goods including electrical items, for resale to fund the project.  Delivery charges apply, but vary.  Also runs social furniture project selling items at reduced rates for those on benefits (referral/proof required - no delivery charge).  Works with many other organisations, mainly social services and agencies.  Takes almost anything - except soft furnishings without safety labels, computer equipment, baby items, pianos or electric organs, fridges with defective seals, photocopiers, gas bottles, or tins containing paraffin, petrol, paint or other inflammables.  Takes unusual / antique items, which may be restored before sale.  Publicity info and leaflets available.  Open 8.30-1 and 2-5 Mon, 8.30am-5pm Tue-Sat.  (Updated May 2004)

Fulham Trading
Tel 0207 381 5135
376A North End Road, Fulham, LONDON SW6 1NP

Purchaser of office furniture. Complete clearance including rubbish.

General Trading

Tel 0208 566 1278
105 Greenford Avenue, HANWELL W7 1HA

Sale and purchase of used shelving, racking, office and factory equipment and furnishings.

Global Office Supplies / Holloway Office Furniture
Tel 0207 607 9177
253 Holloway Road LONDON N7 8HG

Buys and sells secondhand office furniture and supplies.  Also sells new.  (Updated May 2005)

Tel 0845 230 2231  Fax 020 7785 6469 /
020 7981 0441
Email info@green-works.co.uk  Website www.green-works.co.uk  
(Head office)  2nd Floor, Downstream, 1 London Bridge, London SE1 9BG 
Contact  Chris Triggs
(furniture to donate) or Colin Crooks on 0207 981 0450 ( info and membership) 

Practical service removing redundant office and IT equipment, while tackling environmental concerns and helping local community groups.  Not-for-profit social enterprise (charitable status) supplying to people who really need it - community organisations, charities, schools, hospitals and small businesses with high quality, low cost office furniture.  Operates from 3 London warehouses and regional outlets (below).  No need to be a member, non-profit or charity to purchase furniture; also sells to individuals, SMEs and other groups.  Supplies, and can deliver, at discount and low cost.   Range changes constantly: desks, filing cabinets, conference tables and chairs, pedestals, coat-stands, notice boards, shelving, floor panelling, waste paper bins, stationery and IT.   One-stop service to members, mainly commercial organisations or government bodies, to remove, redistribute or recycle unwanted office furniture - helping members fulfil corporate and social responsibilities on waste, working with local communities, and ethical standards.  Operates in deprived inner city areas creating jobs and training for disadvantaged and disabled people.  Also exports to developing countries.  Annual membership based on number of staff and amount of furniture likely to be disposed, entitling them to collections at cost.  Records destinations of all equipment donated.   Donors may use donations for marketing.  Website includes environmental advice at www.green-works.co.uk/corporateinformation/environmentaladvice/  Quarterly newsletter includes amounts of equipment reused / recycled.  News and events page.  Customers include Barnardo's, Cutty Sark, Action on Pre-Eclampsia, Universities, Law Centres, Prison Reform Trust, Prince's Trust, Ozone Friends.  Regional outletsWoolwich, Silvertown ( see below); Wembley (020 8319 7171 / 020 8810 5245 wembley.warehouse@green-works.co.uk  94-96 Queensbury Road, Wembley, Middx HAO 1QJ, Mon-Thu 9am-4pm, Fri 9am-3pm),  Also Leicester (contact Sue Pitman, 0116 224 1350, leicester.warehouse@green-works.co.uk), East Durham (contact Peter Keaveney, 0191 518 4394 or mobile 07971 018996), Wolverhampton, and Paisley, Scotland.  Founded 2000.  (Updated May 2005)            

Harris R W

Tel 01908 542647
Unit 3, Mount Pleasant Farm, Moor End Road, Yardley Gobion, TOWCESTER, Northants NN12 7UF

Sale and purchase of used office equipment and furniture.

Hart R W Ltd

Tel 0208 520 3151
742 Forest Road, Walthamstow, LONDON E17 3HR

Sale and purchase of used office equipment.

Hemel Hempstead: Dacorum Paradise Furniture Project
Tel 01442 263197 (furniture and collection line) or 269892 (training and other matters)
Fax 01442 263192  Email paradise_project@talk21.com
Website www.hertsdirect.org/comdirectory/comvol/comorg2y/furnscheme3/878838 
c/o DBC Housing Dept, Paradise Industrial Estate, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Herts HP2 4TQ
Contact  Lee Thornley, William Allen or Wendy Dove
Successful and expanding furniture recycling and refurbishing scheme.  Part of Dacorum CVS, but seeking independence.  Collection line staffed 9-12am.  Warehouse open Mon-Thu 1-4pm, Fri 1-3pm for sales to public, but 50% discount for benefit claimants.  People in urgent need referred by social services and other appropriate agencies get priority.  Collection free, except 5 for fridges and freezers.  Delivery charge 5 within borough, increased rates outside.  Two schemes operated: (1) Domestic furniture including beds with fire label, working white & electrical goods inc fridges, and crockery.  No gas appliances, children's or garden furniture, wardrobes over 3'6" wide, or long low sideboards. Electrical goods tested for safety before resale. (2) Kingsland office furniture project (KEEP) on separate site accepts office furniture from local companies, and undertakes re-upholstery and repair / restoration before distribution to local charities and voluntary organisations.  Goods are made from reclaimed wood; also mirror recycling and painting.  Training provided in upholstery, woodwork, warehousing and IT for people recovering from mental illness, ex-offenders, and from Volunteer Bureau. Woodwork courses and forklift training planned.  Community Re>Paint scheme from Summer 2003.  Two income streams - sales, and funded training contracts.  (Updated Jan 2006)

Henry Butcher & Co

Tel 0207 405 8411 Fax 0207 405 9772
Brownlow House, 50-51 High Holborn, LONDON WC1V 6EG

Specialist auctioneer operating site sales of all classes of plant and machinery, including office furnishings and equipment. Regional branch offices provide nationwide coverage.

Hertfordshire Storage Systems Ltd

Tel 01353 863100 Fax 01353 863300
63 Ely Road, Littleport, ELY, Cambs CB6 1HJ

Sale and purchase of new and secondhand shelving, racking and partitioning.

Hunts Office Furniture

Tel 01494 474621 Fax 01494 442175
Unit 3, Avenue Works, West End Road, HIGH WYCOMBE, Bucks HP11 2QQ

Sale and purchase of new and used office furniture.

InKind Direct
Tel 0207 860 5927 / 0207 860 5930  Fax 0207 860 5920
Email info@inkinddirect.org  Website www.inkinddirect.org
19 Milk Street, London EC2V 8AN
Contact  Tasha Procter, Charities partnership administrator

Charity distributing surplus goods from industry to voluntary organisations throughout UK and abroad.  The mainly new goods are surplus because they are samples, seconds, ends of lines, slow moving items or have faulty packaging.  (However, used computers are refurbished, equipped with operating systems and resold ready to go with 30 day warranty.)  Goods are valuable and useful, but would otherwise go to waste because companies don't have the time or the contacts to make better use of them.   However, they are just the kinds of things needed by people served by charities, not-for-profit organisations or social businesses, including educational items, toys, toiletries, tools, trainers; household appliances and cleaning products; clothes, shoes, sportswear; bedding and linen.  Office supplies and equipment worth over 43 million have been donated by hundreds of companies, and thousands of charities have benefited.  To donate, download faxback form from website.  Voluntary organisations pay an annual registration fee, and receive a monthly catalogue of available goods.  So, instead of occupying storage space or worse, going to landfill, these items go to a huge range of deserving causes.  Range of fees based on charities' incomes - but thanks to funding from charitable trusts and foundations, many groups are subsidised either by geographical location or charity focus.  Open until 6.30 Thursdays.  Operating since 1997.  Retail Donation Initiative (RDI) is another way retailers can donate goods - each branch of a national retailer is matched with a local charity which arranges regular pick-ups of customer returns, ends-of-lines and items with slight defects. Allows stores to build a relationship with a charity from their community - contact robert@inkinddirect.org Tel 0207 860 5971.   (Updated May 2005)

Interface Carpet Tiles
Tel  01274 690690   Fax 01274 694095
Email  andy.wales@eu.interfaceinc.com    
Shelf Mills, Shelf, HALIFAX  HX3 7PA
Contact  Andy Wales

Leading carpet tile manufacturer delivering social, economic and environmental benefits by developing a market for 'secondhand' carpet tiles.  Working partnership since 2000 with ReEntry, a not-for-profit organisation which diverts used carpet (over 150,000 sq m per year) from landfill through reuse, and Pennine Magpie, which provides work for adults with learning difficulties.  The process is simple: many organisations replace a whole carpet when only a small amount is worn out.  ReEntry goes into organisations, and replaces tiles that are worn out or may be only lightly worn.  (On higher education campuses, this can encourage an ethos of student responsibility within personal areas.)  After sorting, the majority of tiles can usually be given a second life.  The carpet is cleaned and then sold at a reduced amount to organisations that would not be able to afford such a high grade product - or it may be given to charity.

Instead of sending lorries to collect carpet tiles from across the UK, empty returning vehicles are used to collect the old product on pallets.  Globally, Interface has reduced waste by $185m, including fossil fuel reduction of 18%.  Also uses energy from 100% renewable source.  As well as less waste, fixing materials allow easy changing of individual carpet tiles. When a carpet tile needs replacing, this will be taken back and recycled.  Interface works to The Natural Step principles and all European sites are ISO 14001 registered. Interface's manufacturing in the UK uses only 100% renewable electricity. In 2002 they won a queens award for enterprise (sustainable development) for their leading effort.  (Updated Aug 2004)

Kensington and Chelsea Volunteer Bureau

Tel 0208 960 3722
Canalside House, 383 Ladbroke Grove, LONDON W10 5AA

'Business Links' reception scheme for donation of unwanted office furniture for redistribution to voluntary and charitable organisations with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Link 2000
Tel 01256 353648
2 Gershwin Road, BASINGSTOKE, Hants RG22 4HH

A non-charity community service set up in 1991, 'The Link' is run by one volunteer co-ordinator and secretary.  Provides 'brokerage' service, distributing working office equipment such as stationery, computers, faxes, and answering machines, free to voluntary organisations.  Small items can be collected locally. (Updated Feb 2001)  

Milton Keynes Council of Voluntary Organisations
Tel 01908 661623 Fax 01908 200979
Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Boulevard, MILTON KEYNES, Bucks MK9 3HP

Unwanted office furniture and equipment sought for use by local voluntary and community organisations.

Morgans New and Used Office Furniture

Tel 0208 864 7755
55 Old Circus, NORTHOLT, Middlesex UB5 4RR

Sale and purchase of used office furniture.


Tel 0208 504 0160 Fax 0208 505 7990
75A Queens Road, BUCKHURST HILL, Essex IG9 5BW

Sale and purchase of secondhand office furniture, shelving and racking.


Tel 01189 576088 Reading / 01865 391667 Oxford Fax 01865 791935 Oxford
272 Abingdon Road, OXFORD OX1 4TA

Sale and purchase of new and used office furniture and equipment. Also at 21 Caversham Road, Reading.

Tel 0207 703 5222  Fax 0207 252 7766
Email armin@crispej.org.uk  Website www.crispej.org.uk 
7-9 Brandon Stret, London SE17 1NA
Contact  Armin Bobsien

Office Furniture Fittings & Equipment Recycling Scheme, supported by CRISP, and part funded by DETR / EAF.  (Updated Feb 2005)

Office Clearance Service
Tel 01375 670446
25 Runnymede Court, Runnymede Road, STANFORD LE HOPE, Essex

Purchaser of used office furniture. Office clearance and rubbish removal.

Office Needs

Tel/Fax 01206 263306
3 The Studio, Harpers Hill, COLCHESTER, Essex CO6 4NT

Sale and purchase of used office furniture.

Office Needs Company

Freephone 0500 655389 Fax 0118 950 5707
128 Caversham Road, READING, Berks

Sale and purchase of used office furniture. Also at 256/258 Farnham Road, Slough Free phone 0500 525050, Fax 01753 537000

Office Requirements

Tel 01908 615555
Unit 1, Newport Road, Moulsoe, MILTON KEYNES, Bucks MK16 0HS

Sale and purchase of new and used office equipment.

Office Shop, The

Tel 01235 815538 Fax 01235 510421
72 Lower Broadway, DIDCOT, Oxon OX11 8AE

Sale and purchase of used office furniture.

Pallet Racking Company

Tel 01594 544944 Fax 01594 544955
Merrin End, New Road, MITCHELDEAN, Glos GL17 0BX

Dealer in new and used Dexion pallet racking and all storage equipment.

Pennant Shop Equipment
Tel 01582 576422  Fax 01582 581792
Email  pennant-pbm-ltd@btconnect.com 
8 Locarno Avenue, LUTON, Beds LU4 9EJ

Shopfitting contractor.  Purchaser of used equipment, particularly shelving, counter fittings, cash registers.  (Updated Nov 2005)

Platt Office Equipment

Tel 0208 886 9632
65 Minchenden Crescent, Southgate, LONDON N14

New and secondhand dealer of office machines, equipment and furniture. Clearance and purchase of redundant office contents.

Roy Belcher

Tel 0118 9476 4014
163 Upper Woodcote Road, READING, Berks RG4 7JR

Dealer in new and used storage and handling equipment, possible purchaser of used racking, shelving, goods lifts, etc.

Saracen Office Equipment

Tel 01276 691645 Fax 01276 62033
Unit 12, Bridge Road, CAMBERLEY, Surrey GU15 2QR

Sale and purchase of all types of office furnishings and equipment.

Silverman C, Office Furniture Centre

Tel 01223 423955 / 01223 425168 Fax 01223 424826
Fen Road, Chesterton, CAMBRIDGE CB4 1UN

Sale and purchase of secondhand office furniture, shelving and racking.

Silvertown Green-Works  
Tel 020 7476 4555 or 020 7476 4888   Fax 020 7476 4666  
Email firstfruit@btconnect.com  
Website www.ffw.eclipse.co.uk/index.htmlwww.green-works.co.uk/regionaloutlets/silvertownlondonE16/ 
Unit 14, Kierbeck Business Complex, North Woolwich Rd, Silvertown, LONDON E16 2BG  
Contact  Clare Valentine, Warehouse manager 

Supplies office furniture to community sector; recycles furniture on-site, processing up to 500 tonnes a month.  Run by the charity First Fruit (helping the homeless in East London since mid-1990s), in partnership with Green-Works.  Warehouse in London's East End, near City Airport, houses huge range of office furniture.  Open Mon-Thu 830-445, Fri 830-430.  Established Nov 2002.  For more info see Green-Works above(Updated May 2005)

Tendring Furniture Scheme
Tel 01255 476068  
Email  tendring.furniturescheme@virgin.net 
Rocket House, 43 Stephenson Road, Gorse Lane Industrial Estate, CLACTON-ON-SEA, Essex CO15 4XA
Contact  Ian Archibald

Free collection of all furniture items - only within the Tendring peninsula - from domestic or business premises (donations welcome).  Big demand for beds and chests of drawers - often a waiting list for these.  Items must comply with fire safety regulations and conform to Trading Standards.  Unable to accept electrical items.  Looks for a small donation from those to whom  furniture is distributed, who must be in receipt of a recognised benefit.  Operates Mon-Fri 9-5pm from Clacton warehouse; clients welcome to visit to view items.  Collections and delivery by prior appointment.  Works closely with social services and other agencies dealing with people in need, and provides work experience and training to volunteers via New Deal.  Hopes to develop a restoration project to increase stock.  Funded by Community Fund and Tendring Council.  (Updated June 2004)

Trident (London) Ltd

Tel 0207 739 0654
325-327 Old Street, LONDON EC1V

Sale and purchase of used office furniture.

Used Mezzanine Floors

Tel 01923 676545
45 Mount Pleasant Lane, Brocket Wood, ST ALBANS AL2 3UX

Sale, purchase and relocation of shelving and racking, etc.

Woodford Office Furniture

Tel 0208 532 9986 Woodford / 0208 986 7138 Hackney
90A Cassland Road, Hackney, LONDON E9 7AN

Sale and purchase of used office equipment. Also at 10 High Road, South Woodford, London E18 2QL.

Woods Office Furniture

Tel 0208 986 7138
90A Cassland Road, Hackney, LONDON E9 7AN

Sale and purchase of used office furniture. Also at 10 High Road, South Woodford, London, E18 2QL

Woolwich Green-Works 
Tel 0208 319 7171  or  Ricky Barber, sales 0208 319 7176   Fax 0208 319 7172  
Email  woolwich.warehouse@green-works.co.uk  
145 Nathan Way, Woolwich, LONDON SE28 0BE  
Contact  Robin Willing, Operations Manager  

Serves central London, the South and South East.  Delivery to any site in UK.  Open Mon-Fri 8-4.30, Sat 8-12.  Woolwich was Green-Works' original warehouse, in partnership with Remploy, UK's largest employer of disabled people.  Due to success, moved to current 16,000 sq ft warehouse.  For more info see Green-Works(Updated May 2005)

WS Surplus Supplies Ltd

Tel 01865 882596 / 01865 881541 Fax 01865 883847
Mill Street, Eynsham, WITNEY, Oxon OX8

Sale and purchase of used office furniture, shelving and racking..

WT Storage Systems

Tel 0208 756 1996
R/O 91 Station Road, HAYES, Middlesex

Sale and purchase of pallets, packing, shelving, etc.