British Library

Community Rehoming


The British Library commissioned JPA Furniture to run a pilot scheme to rehome redundant furniture resulting from building upgrades and renovations. This included 500 office and café furniture items.

◦  To improve the British Library’s Community performance

◦  To integrate The British Library more fully with the community in a measure-able way

◦  To improve the British Library’s Environmental performance

◦  Eliminate redundant furniture landfill & waste

◦  To achieve all this whilst saving money over traditional recycling services


✔    Value of savings through goods donated and re-used £40,000

✔    15 Different community organisations received furniture donations

✔    Low scope 3 emissions – all organisations were local to the British library or JPA

✔    19 tonnes (19,000kg) redundant furniture was diverted from landfill

✔    440 unwanted furniture items were re-used, 60 items recycled – over 500 items eliminated from landfill

“From one iconic building to another, Hornsey Town Hall are more than happy to re-home, re-use and,recycle the British Library’s furniture. Thank’s so much. Great quality stuff.“
Asa Taulbut, Operations Manager
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