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Recycled Hotel Furniture - A Winning Proposition

Have you ever wondered what happens to the furniture and other accessories inside a hotel room when any of it becomes damaged or the owner wants to renovate outdated rooms in their hotel? Does the old furniture get set out by the curb to be picked up by the trash truck to go into the landfill? Or where exactly does it go? The answer, thankfully, is no, it doesn’t go into the landfill. Can you imagine how horrendous our landfills would be if hundreds of thousands of rooms full of furniture were just carelessly tossed into them?

To give you an idea of how much is already burdening our landfills, in 2018 about 146.1 million tons of MSW (Municipal Solid Waste) were landfilled. Food was the largest component at about 24%. Plastics accounted for over 18%, paper and paperboard made up about 12%, and rubber, leather and textiles comprised over 11%. Other materials accounted for less than 10% each.

Most of your major hotel brands such as Marriott, Hilton, Westin, etc...are required to perform a "PIP" which stands for "Property Improvement Plan" every 10-14 years. They change our their flooring and wall covering as well as any other improvements that need to be made, including their furniture!

This is where hotel furniture come in and offer an invaluable service. These companies work with hotels during the liquidation process, removing everything from a room so that it may be transformed into a new, more modern one. But, before the work is even done, sales are made by the liquidation company throughout the country to smaller hotels and motels who simply cannot afford the expensive furniture the way high-end hotels can.

Once all sales are complete, furniture is then delivered to the mid-sized motel/hotel and any leftover furniture and accessories are then offered to the general public at the liquidation company’s warehouse at extremely low prices. This is a win-win situation for everyone involved.

~ Sue Campbell~

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