IKEA Launches a Furniture Buy-back Service

Kira Simpson

Part of IKEA’s new efforts around sustainability is to create a circular economy. Their latest efforts include a new recycling and take-back service at their Tempe store in Sydney. Allowing customers to return their unwanted IKEA furniture and get paid for it.

“We want to make it easy for people to give their Ikea furniture a second life. With millions of customers shopping with us every year, we have an opportunity to make a real difference in helping build a more sustainable life within the means of the planet.” – Kate Ringvall, Ikea Australia’s sustainability manager.

IKEA have also set up a Circular Living pop up store on site to educates customers on the benefits of recycled furniture.

IKEA takeback service Tempe

“This is part of a broader sustainability strategy where Ikea is aiming to be 100 per cent circular by 2030, meaning we will only use renewable and recyclable materials in our range.”

How it works

  • You need to fill out an online form and email photos of your unwanted IKEA furniture which will then be assessed by an IKEA and determined if the furniture qualifies for resell
  • If your application is successful you will then be offered a price for the furniture
  • You then have 14 days to bring your furniture to IKEA Tempe where you will receive a voucher to spend in store
  • Your unwanted furniture will be put up for sale in the IKEA Tempe store at the same value of the voucher which was given to you

Going one step further, if you have no way to move your furniture, IKEA have partnered with GoGet during this pilot period to offer customers free two hour access to a GoGet vehicle to help you bring your furniture to the store.

Kira Simpson

Kira Simpson is an environmentalist and sustainability expert. She started The Green Hub as a blog in 2015, which has since grown to become one of Australia’s largest education sites dedicated to helping people live a more sustainable lifestyle.