We've all seen the random sofa abandoned on the side of a back road somewhere. Not only is it unsightly, but it is probably illegal in most places. Simply tossing your old furniture someplace hoping it will be taken away by someone else is not an option.
But there are some great ways to dispose of that unwanted or un-needed furniture that doesn't involve skulking along back roads at night, or trying to haul it off to a local landfill.
Three Great Options for Finding New Homes for Your Old Furniture
If a piece of furniture is broken beyond repair, the first inclination is to simply toss it. However, if it's a particularly large piece of furniture - like a dining room table or a couch - that can be a problem. Fortunately, there are options.
1. Sell Your Furniture
Most of us are familiar with websites such as CraigsList and eBay. These can be convenient resources for getting rid of old furniture and making a bit of money in the deal. In addition, depending on the type and condition of the furniture item, there are consignment shops, second-hand stores and other venues that will buy your furniture.
Another tried-and-true method, of course, is the venerable yard sale or garage sale. Typically, furniture items do tend to sell well in these events, but the prices are almost always expected to be rock-bottom bargains. But you don't have to take pictures to post online, or haul the things to a used furniture store!
2. Donate Your Furniture
Perhaps making some money is not that important, but giving your old belongings a new home is. This is where donating your old furniture can be a great option. There are literally hundreds of organizations and outlets that will take most donated furniture items.
Mattresses are often rejected, however, as are medical type items. However, almost any other kind of old furniture piece can be gifted and provide much needed furnishings for those less fortunate.
3. Reuse/Repurpose Your Furniture
Okay, so maybe you don't want to bother with the effort of trying to sell or even give away your old furniture. In fact, maybe you really don't want to get rid of your furniture item, but you had to replace it with something new. No worries! A little creativity and imagination can be applied to just about any furniture piece to produce something new. You can reuse or repurpose your well-loved items.
Old wooden chairs can become nightstands. An old bookshelf can be transformed into a display case. A worn-out sofa can serve well in a garage "game room" or even on the back patio or deck. Repurposing your old furniture is only limited by what you can think of.
A Great Option for Unwanted Old Furniture
Okay - the truth is, not every unwanted piece is going to find a buyer, be suitable for donating, or lend itself to repurposing. So what do you do with those?
Believe it or not, calling in a reliable junk hauling firm like Junk King can provide you with an eco-friendly option of getting rid of old furniture. With an emphasis on furniture recycling, this option will allow your junk furniture to be broken down and either recycled or reused.
We hear it all the time and our municipal waste bins reflect it, as well. Different bins, or compartments, for different materials, all to be recycled if possible. And your household junk and old furniture can be handled the same way.
It's More Than Just "Being Green" - Recycling Makes a Difference
So what are the benefits of our improved recycling efforts?
- Recycling conserves finite natural resources - this is critical as population continues to grow exponentially
- Recycling conserves fresh water up to 95% in the mining and manufacturing process for many materials
- Recycling prevents waste from going into oceans - it is proven, when there is a strong recycling culture, there is less litter and less waste going into ocean
- Protects forests which help to reduce CO2 emissions
- Significantly reduces use of fossil fuel energy and reduces CO2 emissions
Whether it's simply a growing mountain of clothes, shoes, and other personal belongings, or larger household items like old furniture, almost everyone finds themselves with too much stuff at some point. In addition, things break, wear out, or simply become unusable or outdated.
For too many people, though, the default option is to simply toss things out. But adding to the municipal waste stream and the local landfill isn't always the best choice. With a little planning and forethought, much of what we see as "junk" or simply trash may, in fact, be utilized or disposed of in other ways like being sent to a recycle center.
The most common materials that get recycled from homes is paper, plastic, aluminum cans and glass. But there are a larger number of other common items and materials that can be recycled either directly into raw material, or through reuse and repurposing.
The Right Team for Your Furniture Removal Needs
Junk King is proud to be North America’s "greenest" green junk removal service. We pioneered recycling based junk removal in 2005 and have been going greener ever since. We sort each and every job for metals, e-waste, paper, household goods, textiles, furniture and appliances, in our recycling warehouses.
But “being green” also means we donate, repurpose, and reuse everything from clothing, toys, baby cribs and strollers to office furniture and supplies. We run many of our trucks run on biodiesel, a domestically produced fuel made from more environmentally safe non-petroleum, renewable resources. Junk King is committed to continuing to lead the way to help keep our planet clean, green and beautiful for the generations to come.
Junk King provides an efficient, safe and eco-friendly residential junk removal service so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of the debris after your project is complete.
Whether you need our services several times during a storage space cleaning project, or just once after it is complete, our hauling professionals will ensure that the furniture and debris is quickly out of your way so that you can get on with your life.
Our team specializes in trash and junk removal. We can be at your home in mere minutes, so call us today! Our crew is fully insured and well-trained, so you can trust them to get rid of your unwanted items in a professional and courteous fashion.
One of the best things about hiring Junk King is that we recycle a much of the material we pick-up. This is proof of our commitment to being an eco-friendly removal service. If you have questions about what we do or what we believe, give us a call at (707) 744-4254.