Going green: Staying environmentally friendly during your office move

In recent years, many businesses and offices have decided to proactively reduce their environmental impact by switching to eco-friendly solutions. Not only can this be applied to the way the workplace is run, but also during the removals process when going green can significantly reduce the amount of waste generated.

Careful consideration must be made to the way the move is executed so you can transform your business relocation into a green move. If you are looking to take a greener approach to your office move, here are 5 simple steps to ensure you plan the process and tackle the task responsibly.

Recycled packing materials

Your choice of packing supplies can play an important role in determining how eco-friendly your office relocation is. In these climate conscious times, there are a plethora of green choices available when it comes to packing materials, including:

  • Recycled boxes
  • Compostable or low-plastic packing supplies

Not only that, meticulous planning and clever packing can minimise the amount of supplies required which, in turn, will reduce the volume of waste you create when unpacking at the other end.

Recycling or reusing waste and supplies after the relocation

No matter the size of your business, recycling or reusing your waste and packing supplies after the move can go a long way to running a more sustainable office. Here at Harradines, we understand the importance of taking a green approach in our line of work, which is why we are committed to recycling all the card packaging and paper packing used on jobs and in our offices.

WEEE recycling

According to the HSE, every year an estimated 2 million tonnes of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment items – such as computers, telephones and microwaves – are discarded by householders and companies in the UK. As such, WEEE recycling is fast becoming a key consideration for all businesses, particularly those with a large amount of electrical office equipment.

The safe disposal of such items is a key part of good environmental practice, which is why our experts can provide a full auditing service to certify that our customers are implementing relevant standards and guidelines.

If you choose WEEE recycling to dispose of your computer apparatus during an office move, it is a legal obligation for many businesses to make sure all confidential information is completely removed. Here at Harradines, we offer full data removal from all hard drives to prevent sensitive information from being stolen and used for fraud.

Go for a green removals company

Hiring the expertise of a removals company who has experience in green office moves will ensure all plans are implemented properly for a stress-free, eco-friendly move. For example, a green removals company will have systems in place to reduce the amount of packing materials required so less waste is generated. Not only that, they can recycle or reuse the packing supplies for you after the move to minimise your environmental impact.

Consider carbon footprint

Transporting all equipment and apparatus from your current office to your new premises    may take a few trips, depending on the size of your business. As such, you must carefully consider the vehicles you use to take the items from A to B.

Inkeeping with our green credentials, here at Harradines our fleet of HGV vehicles are less than 5 years old to ensure harmful emissions are kept as low as possible, and we encourage our hardworking staff to cycle or walk into work.


With over 40 years’ experience in office removals, here at Harradines we are proud of our eco-friendly approach and our first rate recycling policy to ensure best environmental practice. Our green services include:

  • Waste audit to help find best recycling solutions for your business
  • Ongoing education of staff on reducing energy and water consumption
  • Environmentally aware transport plan
  • Complete water and energy audits
  • Recycling of all card and paper packing

For further information about any of our office removals or recycling services, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team today.