Why A Furniture Workshop?
There are over 400,000 tonnes of waste being thrown out in the GTA every year (source: City of Toronto Solid Waste department).
Furniture Bank already diverts around 1,500 tonnes of unwanted furniture that would otherwise end up in landfills – last year, our furniture pickup service collected over 45,000 items of used furniture. Further, where items of furniture that we collect are not in a good enough condition for re-donation to our clients, we do our best to salvage the raw materials through our recycling program. In 2014 we recycled over 4500 kgs of cloth and fabrics, 2000 kgs of electronics and 50,000 kgs of metal.
We want to do more. Specifically, we want to bring down to a minimum the amount of waste we have to send to landfill sites. If we have a process whereby we can repair furniture, we will be able to divert even more furniture away from waste sites and serve more of our clients.