How to Keep Furniture Out Of the Landfill

Posted on August 8, 2017 in Tips

Don’t give up on that old couch

Think about that old piece of furniture you have. It might have a stain on it, or a rip or tear. It might be nearing the end of its life, but that doesn’t mean it needs to wind up in a landfill.

Some furniture removal companies will take it right to the dump, but not us. To date, we at 604-TRASH-IT have helped recycle almost 2.5 million pounds of what people thought was trash. Here are a few ways that you can repurpose your unwanted furniture.

Let it become someone else’s treasure

Whenever I need a new piece of furniture, I always start by looking in local thrift and consignment stores. It’s incredibly exciting to find a barely used desk, bookshelf, or any other furnishing at a steal of a price.

There’s a little something in it for you too because by donating, your items can be written off as tax deductions.
Your unwanted furnishings could be a jackpot for someone else — with the help of a furniture removal service to get it there.

Make a pretty penny

There’s no shortage of websites for you to sell your used stuff, including Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and Letgo. This way, it helps keep stuff out of a landfill and you get to make a profit towards new furniture.

If you’re in no rush to get rid of an unwanted piece of furniture, hold onto it and find other items to sell from around your house — boom, you’ve got enough for a garage sale.

Because furniture can be large and buyers may want you to deliver, you’ll need to make sure that if you’re paying for a furniture removal company to do the heavy lifting, they are trustworthy and reliable. Otherwise, if something happens, you’ll risk losing your furniture and the cash from the buyer.

Make it new again

Maybe your furniture can be tidied up for a brand new look. You could get rid of the unsightly stains or tears by reupholstering your couches and chairs with new fabric and cushions. For bookshelves or desks, sometimes it could just use a new coat of paint. Doing this can be significantly cheaper than buying new furniture.  

Try something different

Why not repurpose your unused filing cabinet to organize tools in the garage? Or get creative and with a bit of elbow grease, and turn your old headboard and footboard into a bench. Take a look online and you’ll see that with a bit of imagination, a bit of skill, and some tools, the possibilities are endless.

For a weekend project, you may find this is a great way to spend time with your family, and in some cases, it might add value to your furniture.

Take the easy way out

If all this sounds like too much to fuss with, let someone else deal with it–and by someone else, I mean us. At 604-TRASH-IT, our fully licensed and insured team of movers can clear out whatever you want to get rid of, and sort what can be donated to be used again.

We, like you, care about making British Columbia a greener place. Call today for a free quote, or book online for $10 off.

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