Environmental Commitment

"We want to go beyond simply complying with environmental legislation and regulations; we want to become leading supporters in our community and industry." - ​Alex Bernhardt, Sr., Chairman

As a family-owned and operated company, we care a great deal about the health and welfare of our employees, our customers, our suppliers, our community and our planet. We have a long-standing corporate tradition of providing a safe and healthful work place, protecting the environment, and conserving energy and natural resources.

This tradition has served the environment and our business well over the years and now provides the foundation for a comprehensive set of Environmental Policy Objectives. These objectives include:

  • Energy Use
  • Water Use
  • Emissions and Air Quality
  • Packaging
  • Waste Reduction
  • Renewable and Sustainable Materials
  • Product Stewardship
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Environmental Programs/Affiliations
  • Employee Awareness and Involvement

As a sign of our commitment, we have launched a number of company-wide initiatives that focus on meeting these objectives. Corporately, we have received EFEC (Enhancing Furniture's Environmental Culture) certification for five of our U.S. facilities, including our Corporate Office, and our divisions are developing programs with environmental groups such as SFI, FSC, and GREENGUARD, or in support of LEED, as appropriate. In addition, we are communicating and partnering with our suppliers, governmental agencies, our trade associations and our community to assist us in achieving results consistent with environmental leadership.

We believe that protecting our environment is the right thing to do. That is why we pledge to promote sound and sustainable business practices for the benefit of all those who depend upon us now and for those who will depend upon us in years to come



Environmental Recovery

End of Product Life for Original Purchaser

Bernhardt Hospitality products are designed and engineered to last for many years. Frequently, whether designed under the Design for the Environment program or a legacy product, the life span of the product is longer than customers require, resulting in the issue of disposal.

While disposal in a landfill can occur, Bernhardt Hospitality offers alternatives to discarding products. Since Bernhardt Hospitality products are distributed worldwide, returning products to the original production location would consume resources and generate greenhouse gasses. Consequently, two alternatives are available to the consumer: repurpose and recycle.


Donating furniture to social agencies assisting the economically disadvantaged is an opportunity for disposal of products while making an appreciable difference in the quality of life for the recipient. Examples include the homeless transitioning to housing, families who have lost their possessions through fire or disasters, refugees from war-torn countries re-settling in the United States, and the elderly living on fixed incomes. Organizations such as Habitat and various shelter homes frequently need furniture.

Many agencies accept donations; some will pick up the donated item. The organizations below are just a few of the groups that assist in giving products a second life and keeping them from the landfill.

  • Contact the National Furniture Bank Association for a local affiliate. The National Furniture Bank Association is a network of facilities throughout the United States that collect and distribute used furniture and other items to people in need.
  • Check out the Reuse Development Organization (ReDO), a nonprofit organization that promotes reuse of surplus and discarded items, including furniture and household goods. ReDO maintains a list of organizations by state that accept furniture donations.
  • Charities that typically provide pickup service for donated furniture and household items (as well as drop-off points) include Military Order of the Purple HeartSalvation Army, and Big Brothers; Big Sisters which often have trucks scheduled to pick up in different locations. Call the nearby Goodwill Industries facility to see if a furniture donation pickup service is provided.
  • Contact local churches and inquire if they have furniture donation programs for needy individuals and families, or know of people who can use furniture and household items.
  • Consider donating furniture to a homeless shelter, a battered women's shelter, or to a refugee resettlement program. Telephone numbers for these organizations may be found in the local phone book (women's shelters will have a phone number but no address for security reasons), or on web sites. Local United Way organizations may have information regarding area groups.
  • Local theater groups may use donated furniture for sets and welcome donated props to help defray costs.
  • Offer items on Internet-based grassroots organizations such as Freecycle or FreeShare that offer individuals a forum for donating (and receiving) free items, including furniture and household goods. Together, more than 4,300 individual Freecycle or FreeShare communities exist in the United States and around the world. Registration is free.


The recycling of used products requires more time and effort than repurposing, but sometimes is the most efficient way to avoid landfill disposal. While Bernhardt Hospitality products are designed through the Design for the Environment program to be easily disassembled, some products must still be deconstructed in order to separate the materials into liked components. Since this can be a physically challenging process, appropriate safety precautions should be taken.

Typically, up to seven types of components may exist in Bernhardt Hospitality products: wood, composite wood products, metal/aluminum, plastics, fabric/textiles, polyurethane foam, and electrical. Most municipalities have a recycling program that will accommodate these materials. Some materials, such as the metal and aluminum, may even be a saleable commodity in some areas.

If the local municipality does not offer recycling services, the following links can provide information on recycling in certain regions and states.

Regional Websites

EPA Region Websites and Waste Programs

1 ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT: Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling
2 NY, NJ, PR, VI: Hazardous WastePollution PreventionSolid Waste
3 PA, DE, DC, MD, VA, WV: Municipal Solid Waste (Recycling)Waste and Chemicals Management Division
4 KY, TN, NC, SC, MS, AL, GA, FL: Waste Management Division
5 MN, WI, IL, MI, IN, OH: Pollution PreventionWastesSolid Waste ProgramWaste Minimization
6 NM, TX, OK, AR, LA: Solid Waste ProgramsWaste Topics
7 NE, KS, IA, MO: Household Hazardous WasteHazardous Waste ProgramSolid Waste ProgramUnderground Storage Tanks
8 MT, ND, WY, SD, UT, CO: Conservation and RecyclingLand and Waste Programs
9 CA, NV, AZ, HI: Recycle CitySolid and Hazardous Waste Programs
10 WA, OR, ID, AK: Hazardous WasteWaste/Chemicals Mgmt , Pollution Prevention, Recycling, Solid/Municipal Waste







Medical Waste Management Program




Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control
Division of Air and Waste Management
Solid and Hazardous Waste
Underground Storage Tank Program

District of Columbia - Washington DC

Department of the Environment


Department of Environmental Protection
Waste Management
Bureau of Solid and Hazardous Waste
Bureau of Petroleum Storage Systems
Department of Health - Biomedical Waste


Department of Community Affairs - Environmental Management
Department of Natural Resources 
Environmental Protection

Guam - US Territory

Guam Environmental Protection Agency


Department of Health
Environmental Health
Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch



Department of Environmental Quality
Waste Management and Remediation


Environmental Protection Agency
Bureau of Land
Pollution Prevention


Department of Environmental Management


Department of Natural Resources Waste Management


Department of Health and Environment
Division of the Environment
Bureau of Waste Management
Storage Tank Section


Department for Environmental Protection
Division of Waste Management
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality - Waste Index


Department of Environmental Quality
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


Department of Environmental Protection
Remediation and Waste Management


Department of the Environment
Recycling in Maryland


Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Waste Prevention


Department of Environmental Quality
Waste and Hazardous Materials Division


Pollution Control Agency


Department of Environmental Quality


Hazardous Waste Program
Solid Waste Management Program


Department of Environmental Quality


Department of Environmental Quality


Division of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Management

New Hampshire

Department of Environmental Services
Pollution Prevention
Household Hazardous Waste
Planning and Community Assistance (Recycling)

New Jersey

Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste

New Mexico

Environment Department

New York

Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Solid and Hazardous Materials

North Carolina

Department of Environment and Natural Resources
List of Divisions

North Dakota

Department of Health
Division of Waste Management


Environmental Protection Agency
Division of Hazardous Waste Management
Division of Solid and Infectious Waste Management


Department of Environmental Quality
Land Protection Division


Department of Environmental Quality
Land Quality Division
Hazardous Waste Program
Solid Waste Program
Underground Storage Tank Program


Bureau of Land Recycling and Waste Management
Storage Tank Cleanup
Oil Recovery
Municipal and Residual Waste
Hazardous Waste
Household Hazardous Waste

Puerto Rico - US Commonwealth

Autoridad de Desperdicios Solidos (Solid Waste Authority)

Rhode Island

Department of Environmental Management Office of Waste Management

South Carolina

Department of Health and Environmental Control
Bureau of Land and Waste Management
Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Management

South Dakota

Department of the Environment and Natural Resources
Waste Management Program


Department of Environment and Conservation
Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management


Trust Territories

Marshall Islands


Department of Environmental Quality
Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste


Agency of Natural Resources
Waste Management -Solid, Hazardous, Radioactive, and Recycling


Department of Environmental Quality
Recycling and Litter Prevention
Waste Management


Washington DC - The District of Columbia

Department of the Environment

West Virginia

Division of Environmental Protection
Division of Land Restoration
Infectious Medical Waste Program


Department of Natural Resources Waste Management Program


Department of Environmental Quality Solid and Hazardous Waste Division