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Furniture and furnishings from Tallink City Hotel renovations were donated to social welfare organisations across Estonia

Tallink Grupp has announced that the company’s Tallink City Hotel, located in the city centre of the Estonian capital, which has been temporarily closed since this summer due to the global Coronavirus situation and will soon undergo a full-scale renovation, has donated the bulk of its surplus furniture and furnishings to numerous social welfare organisations across Estonia in need of new fittings.

Earlier this year, at the beginning of the summer season, in agreement with the owners of the hotel building  known as the former Tallinn landmark Teenindusmaja, following the company’s strategic decision to close the hotel until summer of 2021, seconded by the decision by the owners of the building to completely renovate the building during the closure, it became crystal clear that the furniture and furnishings which no longer serve their purpose in the renovated hotel, but are still in good condition should, as much as possible, be donated for reuse and saved from ending up as landfill.

In cooperation with the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs, a number of institutions and organisations were identified across Estonia to whom the furniture was offered. The donation enabled many of them to  carry out necessary upgrades in the facilities and in some cases even to offer essential public services sooner than planned.

Of the surplus hotel furniture and furnishings donated, beds, mattresses, chairs, tables, bedside tables, bedspreads and curtains were in highest demand. However, also large wooden wall panels from the hotel reception and oversized floor-to-ceiling mirrors from the hotel lobby found new homes.

The beneficiaries included Kuusalu social services’ home, Hageri nursing home, Nõo voluntary rescue association, Koeru nursing home, Türi youth centre and social housing building, South-Estonian nursing care centre, Lääne-Harju municipality,   Maarjamaa Kodud care home,  Kiisupere kindergarten and many others.

Commenting on the donation, Ave Svarts, Management Board member of Tallink Hotels, said:

„When it comes to hotel renovations, over the last few years, we have paid increasingly more attention to the eco-friendly approach and sought out more possibilities for reuse to extend the life span of those items and furniture that we no longer need ourselves, but which are otherwise in good condition and completely usable. Lately, we have developed a network of good partners, who have helped to find new homes or a new life to our surplus items and, at times, have been able to offer even new employment opportunities and activities to people in our communities. An excellent example here is our good cooperation partner Lääne Harju municipality, whose ambition is to become the greenest county in Estonia and whose green agenda we are happy to support.“

Mayor of the Lääne-Harju municipality, Jaanus Saat commented:

„With Tallink’s help we have refurbished the Lääne-Harju support centre which serves as a home to several inhabitants. This year, the  centre will gain more apartment-type living facilities which were furnished entirely with the furniture from Tallink City Hotel.  In addition, the furniture from Tallink City Hotel will find a new home at the municipal hobby and cultural centre and the curtains from the hotels will be made into 10,000 shopping tote bags which will be handed out to the residents of our municipality free of charge,“

„As a municipality, at Lääne-Harju we have set as our target to be completely plastic bag free by 2021. We are sincerely thankful to Tallink for helping our community reach our green targets and develop circular economy principles.“

Tallink City Hotel is temporarily closed for renovation until spring-summer of 2021. In addition to renovation works, the hotel team will be busy over the next few months, developing and renewing the concepts and processes in the post-Covid-19 era tourism industry. The current plans will see the hotel reopened prior to the summer season of 2021.

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