Green Standards Decommission

OMERS Turns Waste Into Change

In the Fall of 2017, OMERS consolidated 3 offices into a newly constructed LEED Platinum building. As part of the transition, they partnered with Green Standards to recover usable resources to support 17 Toronto based non-profits with renewed spaces that they would not have attained otherwise.

When a corporation empties or renovates an office space, much of the interior assets – supplies, appliances, computers – end up in the landfill.  This prematurely ends the life cycle of valuable resources and produces greenhouse gases over time.  In 2017, Green Standards turned 8,000+ tons of unwanted furniture and equipment into $2.5 million worth of in-kind donations to more than 400 non-profits and community organizations across North America.

By working with our Circular Economy-Inspired programs, OMERS was able to repurpose valuable products with a 99% landfill diversion rate on 400+ tons of surplus assets. The majority of items – including tables, desks, chairs, shelves, fridges, and dishwashers – were either resold, recycled or donated, reducing costs, while benefitting the environment and local community groups.

  • 600+ Workstations
  • 300+ Tables
  • 200+ Private Offices
  • 1000+ Chairs

OMERS Challenges

When OMERS moved to their new head office, they needed furniture that supported more collaboration, but didn’t want their old materials to go to waste. With the current unpredictable and saturated used furniture market limiting asset resale, it created the need for a more complex, multi-channel disposition strategy.


By combining donation, resale, and recycling strategies with turnkey project management, Green Standards maximizes asset recovery, streamlines community donation, and virtually eliminates waste with industry leading sustainable solutions. It’s this innovative approach that generates value for businesses, communities and the environment.

OMERS is just one Toronto based example of the corporate sustainability initiatives led by Green Standards this past year. There were 200+ projects in total for 2017.

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