Plymold Product Recycability

April 11, 2023
Posted in : News


At Plymold, we have always taken pride in the durability and longevity of our furniture.  Our furniture performs year in and year out in some of the most demanding commercial environments, and as a result, allows for a lower cost of ownership over the life of the furniture.  In addition to lowering the cost of ownership, furniture with a long service life minimizes the resources required to furnish a space over time.

Eventually, all furniture reaches the end of its life cycle, and we are frequently asked about disposal methods.  The amount of recyclable content within furniture varies widely by the type of material. In this article, we will explore which parts of furniture components are recyclable and what should be done with the non-recyclable elements.


Metal Components

Steel and aluminum are both readily recyclable materials in our furniture products. They are also the two materials you are most likely to receive payment for!  Metal is one of the largest components of our products by weight and volume, so recycling metal furniture components can have a big impact on reducing overall resource consumption.

In most areas of the country, multiple scrap metal buyers will pay you for scrap metal based on the weight of the metal provided.  Simply complete a web search for scrap metal buyers in your area and give them a call for more information on preparation and whether they offer pick-up services.


Corrugated Cardboard Packaging

Corrugated cardboard is one of the most widely recyclable materials.  After removing all contents, Plymold cardboard boxes can be broken down flat and separated for recycling.  Consult your waste hauler to verify whether corrugated can be placed in your mixed recycling container, or if they can pick up cardboard separately.  Alternatively, most areas of the United States have multiple recycling centers that will allow the drop-off of cardboard material.  A web search should provide a list of recycling centers in your area.


Dimensional Lumber (untreated) & Pallets

Unlike most other natural resources, wood is a naturally renewable resource that replenishes itself in nature without human intervention.  The degree to which wood products are recyclable varies based on the product type and condition of the wood. Untreated dimensional lumber that is free of contaminates can be brought to specialty wood recycling centers where it is frequently turned into landscaping wood chips and mulch, sawdust for animal bedding, plywood, and particleboard.

Shipping pallets can frequently be re-used for shipment or brought to a pallet recycler.  Conduct a web search to find a recycler near you.


Other Materials

All other material content in Plymold furniture including plywood, laminated particle board, plastic, and foam should be taken to a construction and demolition recycling center.  These facilities will sort out recyclable materials and materials that cannot be recycled will be processed to be disposed of safely in a landfill.

In conclusion, the durability and longevity of Plymold furniture help minimize resource consumption, and our metal frames allow for the recyclability of a large portion of our products by weight and volume.  When furniture reaches the end of its useful life, it is important to recycle as much of it as possible to minimize waste. By being mindful of disposal methods and maximizing recyclability, we can furnish our spaces in a more sustainable manner.