Furniture disposal and re-use/recycling

Opening of the furniture store & Covid-19 protocols


During the current situation the store will be open from 12 - 3pm each Wednesday until further notice (please ignore the opening time information towards the foot of this page).

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
  • Wear an appropriate face covering (unless you have a medical exemption)
  • Maintain the appropriate social distancing
  • Avoid touching furniture or any surface. If you do so you will be expected to wipe down the surface using the sanitising wipes provided (these are located on the desk in the main hall – please speak to staff if you need to use these)
  • Ask the furniture store staff to move any furniture or measure any furniture for you, unless you have brought your own tape measure. Remember, if you touch any surfaces you will be expected to wipe these down using the wipes provided
  • Read and comply with any signage that is in place

In addition, we would encourage people visiting the store to bring their own tape measure and have determined the size of furniture they require in advance. External organisations should also bring their own pen to sign the Transfer of Ownership forms if they want to take any furniture.

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 Wednesday afternoons between 12 and 3pm.

Demand for furniture will be managed to the ensure safe collection of any items. Staff will need to have permission from their Line Manager and collection from the furniture store will be by appointment only. Please e-mail simon.atkinson@manchester.ac.uk for further information and to arrange an appointment.

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.

Staff are now able to visit the furniture store on a daily basis (M - F) between 1 & 3pm. The contact at the store between 1 & 3pm is Alan Wright (tel: 07584 141009).

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 during the hours of 12 & 1pm Monday - Friday. 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.