Furniture disposal and re-use/recycling

Xmas opening times

Please note that due to the Xmas closure the last day the furniture store will be open is Thursday 16th December (12 - 3pm) and we will reopen on Wednesday 5th January (12 - 3pm).

Opening of the furniture store & Covid-19 protocols

The furniture store will be open from 12 - 3pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays for the time being. If you are a member of staff or student there is no need to make an appointment on these days but please note that you may be asked to wait to be seen to if we are busy at certain times and you will be required to show your staff/student ID card in order for you to use the store.

The contact number at the store during opening hours is 07584 141009.

Charities/external organisations wishing to visit should e-mail simon.atkinson@manchester.ac.uk to arrange to visit the store unless you are regular visitors/are already known to the staff.

Please check this web-page for future opening times as these are subject to change due to current cicumstances.

Visitors to the Furniture Store will be required to follow the following guideline/procedures:

  • Sanitise hands using the dispenser at the entrance to the store, and use the hand wipes within the store where required
  • Wear an appropriate face covering (unless you have a medical exemption)
  • Maintain the appropriate social distancing where possible
  • Read and comply with any signage that is in place

Furniture for homeworking during the current Coronovirus crisis

We have a variety of office furniture that is now available for staff to use for homeworking at no cost. Please note that whilst staff can take furniture to use for home working, we are unable to deliver to home addresses so furniture will have to be collected from the store on opening days (see above).

The items avaialable include:

100 x 80cm cantilever desks*

120 x 80cm cantilever desks*

140 x 80cm cantilever desks

task/swivel office chairs with/without arms*

* the above items are relatively light and will fit into most cars if rear seats are put down.

Disposal of unwanted furniture (University Staff)

Wherever possible, please re-use any furniture you need to dispose of using the following hierarchy:

  • Ask colleagues or your Head of School Admin to see if anyone else can use your unwanted furniture locally.
  • Speak to your Faculty Estate Team to see if they know of anyone else who might want to re-use it.
  • If the furniture cannot be re-used locally, please contact your Building Superintendent to arrange its removal. In instances where large items or amounts of furniture require removal, a contractor may need to employed in which case there will be a charge for this service.

The furniture store & obtaining used furniture

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions document bottom right of this page for further details.

All unwanted furniture is now returned to the furniture store and items are available for staff to re-use free of charge*.

There is a wide range of furniture that is available, though this varies on a daily basis as items come into the store and/or are removed for re-use across the campus - watch the videos to the right to see how the recycling process works and what a member of staff thinks of the service.

Items that are assessed at the furniture store as not being suitable for re-use will be disposed of to a local furniture re-use company Upmcr rather than sent for disposal

* some refurbished chairs and desks are available for which we only recharge the costs we have incurred - see the FAQ document

we are now able to deliver the majority of items on campus free of charge. Where very large items or large numbers of items are involved, you will need to arrange removal via one of the University's removal contractors and are responsible for any costs involved.