IKEA offers customers vouchers in exchange for old furniture

The buyback scheme aims to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and support the retail giant’s carbon goals

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IKEA has announced a new scheme in which it allows customers across the UK to sell their old IKEA furniture back to the retailer in exchange for vouchers.

The furniture buyback and resale scheme allows customers to earn up to £250 by handing in unwanted items.

Used products with no scratches will be bought for 50% of the original price, while items with minor scratches will be bought for 40%. Pieces of furniture with many scratches will be bought for 30% of their original retail price.

Eligible products for the scheme include dressers, bookcases, dining tables and children’s products.

Customers who want to sell back their furniture need to visit the company’s website and submit an online form – a preliminary offer is then sent to them.

The scheme aims to support IKEA’s sustainability target to become a ‘carbon-positive’ business by 2030 and to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills.

Peter Jelkeby, Country Retail Manager and Chief Sustainability Officer at IKEA UK and Ireland, said: “Households are connected to around 60% of global greenhouse gas emissions, consuming around a third of the energy and 10% of the water used globally.

“Therefore, small actions taken within them can make a significant difference. Through ‘Buy Back’ we hope to make circular consumption mainstream; making it easier for customers to acquire, care for and pass on products in circular ways.”