OFAF Develops Definitions for ‘Recycled’

Definitions for new and recycled office furniture, including remanufactured, refurbished, and reused office furniture. In discussions with the Environmental Protectio, it was recommended that the Office Furniture Recycling Industry define their recycling terminology to be consistent with that of the entire recycling industry. For example, the term “reused” is the recycling industry standard term to describe used, or as-is product. The definitions are as follows:

Recycled Office Furniture: Recycled office furniture is a term used for any post-consumer office furniture that has been diverted out of the solid waste stream and back into the market with or without repairs. This includes remanufactured, refurbished, and reused (as-is/used) office furniture, all of which are being “used again.”

Remanufactured Office Furniture: Remanufactured office furniture is recycled office furniture that has had value added to the product by being completely disassembled to its parts, inspected and cleaned, repaired or replaced, reassembled and refinished to “like new” conditions, and returned to the market for sale.

Refurbished Office Furniture: Refurbished office furniture is recycled office furniture that has had value added to the product by being “touched-up” or cosmetically improved and then returned to the market for sale.

Reused Office Furniture: Reused, “used” or “as-is,” office furniture is recycled office furniture that has been returned to the market for sale without repair or improvement to its appearance.

New Office Furniture: New office furniture is new furniture purchased from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for resale by your company. It is composed entirely of OEM parts. The parts are made mostly of raw materials (natural resources) that have not been used before, although some manufacturers’ components may have recycled content.