Take Back Scheme

Why throw out when we can take back?

The issue of furniture waste has reached alarming proportions. Every year, countless desks, chairs, and tables end up in landfills, contributing to depletion of valuable resources and environmental degradation. The linear “take-make-dispose” model has resulted in a cycle of waste, with perfectly good furniture being disposed of prematurely.

As a manufacturer of new furniture, we know we are part of the problem and understand our responsibility to provide an alternative.

Our Take Back scheme allows us to work with our customers to responsibly remove their existing furniture, avoiding creating more waste in landfill when refitting your space.

The Options


Items will be removed from your site and handled appropriately. Transport is organised to waste management partners, who handle the appropriate recycling of individual parts. 


Resell your furniture to a network of buyers. You will then receive a rebate for the items sold, offsetting your project costs.


Your furniture can be revitalised by skilled professionals, whether that is reupholstering chairs or recutting tables into sizes that will fit your space.


We will conduct an asset survey of your furniture and add items in good working condition to a ‘Social Showroom’. The platform allows schools and charities to source furniture for their spaces, free-of-charge.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are many varying factors that can affect the price of the take back service, which make it difficult to have a set price per product type. These include:

  • Amount of furniture
  • Type of furniture
  • Condition of furniture
  • Need to dismantle furniture
  • Building access
  • Accessibility of goods lifts
  • Location
  • In/Out hours


We understand it makes things slightly more complex, but if we are able to conduct a site survey then we can give an accurate quotation. This is why we require a certain amount of time before the furniture is needing to be removed, to ensure time for a site survey and for routes of donation to be identified.

No minimum amount of furniture. Though for smaller amounts we will offer two prices – a fixed date price, and a flexible date price. The flexibility allows them to coordinate with other pickups in the area to keep down costs and environmental impact.

For small projects (roughly under 15 items and simple logistics), we need up to 5 days’ notice. For larger projects, they ask for at least 2 weeks notice to be able to mobilise the correct teams. Ideally we will complete a site or asset survey which takes a bit of time to set up. We can work around your priorities in terms of sustainability needs, costs and deadlines.

Small projects – you will receive a quote within 48 hours. Large projects – site survey date to be confirmed within 48 hours on the condition all necessary questions have been answered and we can get in touch with relevant person. Quote to be completed upon completion of survey.

For logistical reasons, please contact Emma Dixon at emma.dixon@oceedesign.com With finances and reporting, please direct questions to your project contact.

Minimum amount of furniture: 1 piece Smaller projects:

  • Roughly up to 15 items
  • Pictures or videos needed
  • Quote should be given within 48 hours
  • Minimum notice period before collection: 5 days
  • Costs and reporting will come from us at Ocee & Four

Larger projects:

  • Site survey date to be arranged before a quote can be given
  • Date offered within 48 hours (on condition contact has been made and any questions answered)
  • Minimum notice period before desired collection: 2 weeks – though the more time, the better service management we can offer as a whole solution
  • Costs and reporting will come from us at Ocee & Four

Interested in utilising our Take Back scheme for your next project?

Take Back Enquiry
Collection Address
Collection Address
(please detail amount, type, and condition)
Is this a small project or a large project?
Preferred Route
(please detail floorplans, access arrangements, parking details, site contact)

Our Take Back Scheme is part of our pledge to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more about our Sustainability Commitment here.

If you have any questions or are interested in talking to us about our efforts, please contact our Group Sustainability and Environmental Manager: Giulia Neuhaus


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