Taken care of, most furniture will last a long time, but sooner or later, there will come a time for furniture disposal. Even with furniture that isn’t old, broken, and worn out, there are sometimes reasons to dispose of furniture, such as downsizing, renovating, or just going for a new look.
Furniture disposal can be simple, but it can also be a real hassle. The best way to dispose of it depends on how much there is and how large it is. In this article, we’ll look at several furniture disposal options and their pros and cons.
If your furniture is still in good condition, you may be able to sell it to a private party or a business that sells used furniture. Another option is donating it to a charity or just giving it away. If you live near a college or university, for example, you’ll find no shortage of students looking for free and cheap furniture. They’ll often even take things like couches that are way past their prime but still usable!
The benefits of selling or giving furniture away are primarily that less waste is produced, there’s little physical effort on your part because recipients will usually come to get it themselves, and you might make some extra cash from it. On the other hand, you’ll have to go through the process of finding takers, and in the meantime, you’re stuck with furniture you no longer want.
After selling or giving away, this is perhaps the easiest and cheapest method of furniture disposal. Just carry it out to the curb the night before trash day and be rid of it. Or a neighbor might stop by and pick it up if it’s in decent condition. It’s fast, convenient, and easy, and it doesn’t cost you anything extra.
There are some cons, however. First, this typically only works for small items like chairs and footstools. Also, you might be limited to how many items you can get rid of at a time, or you might have to wait for special pickup days. Sometimes extra fees are involved for special pickups, and in some locations, regular disposal services can’t or won’t take furniture at all.
If you live near enough to a landfill that a trip to it is reasonable, this can be a good furniture disposal option for items your regular service won’t take. In addition, it might be free, and even if there is a fee, it probably won’t be very high. And you can do the removal at a pace that suits you.
On the other hand, you need to have a pickup truck or perhaps a large SUV for this to work. Even if you do, you still have to go to the effort of loading and unloading the vehicle, taking the time to make the trip, and paying for the gas. If you have a lot of stuff, you’re probably going to have to make multiple trips, adding to the hassle.
When going with the landfill option, always find out in advance if they’ll take what you need to get rid of.
As with just giving your unwanted furniture away, calling professional junk removers offers unbeatable convenience. There’s no heavy lifting required on your part; the junk removers come to your home, quote a price after seeing what needs removal, and, if you agree to the price, haul everything away.
One of the cons is not knowing the cost beforehand, but because the price is usually based on volume, it has to be that way. And since volume determines the price, you’re going to pay more for larger items or when there are a lot of them. You also will need to be present for the pickup, so now you have something else to fit into your schedule.
If your unwanted furniture isn’t in good enough condition that someone will buy it, you might still be able to get some extra cash for it. Items such as metal tables, chairs, and bed frames can be recycled at scrap yards, meaning much of the material gets reused rather than going to a landfill.
As with the landfill option, you’ll need a vehicle that can transport the items, and you face the same issues with logistics, costs, and multiple trips. Here’s another drawback: the nearest scrap yard may be a long drive away from you, adding to the inconvenience, especially if multiple trips are going to be required.
Renting a roll-off dumpster is a convenient and affordable option for projects such as renovations, construction, and cleanouts that generate a lot of waste.
A roll-off dumpster is a rectangular, open-topped bin into which you can dump almost anything that isn’t illegal to put in a dumpster. It’s delivered and picked up via a hydraulic truck bed. When you rent one, you’ll know the cost upfront, the company handles the delivery and pickup (and you don’t have to be home for either), and you can fill it at your own pace after deciding how long you need it for.
As with all the other options, there are downsides to be aware of. First, this is not an economical option if you only have a few things to get rid of. Also, you need a flat driveway or other large, flat area to accommodate the dumpster, and in most places, you can’t have it on the street. You do have to load it yourself, and you have to be careful to get the right size. Underfilling means you’re spending money on space you don’t need, but overfilling is a bigger problem because of weight and space restrictions.
Still, renting a roll-off dumpster is a great option if you need to dispose of large furniture such as couches and mattresses, which are notoriously hard to dispose of, and they’re great if furniture disposal is part of a larger project.
For a dumpster rental in Orlando, you can rely on RGH Waste & Disposal for honest, upfront pricing, on-time delivery and pickup, and peace of mind knowing your waste will be properly disposed of by professionals.
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Lisa is the General Manager of RGH Waste and Disposal LLC. After many years of working in waste management, Lisa has ‘seen it all’ and then some! She knows the 'ins' and 'outs' of waste disposal and has a wealth of experience from years of working with first-time dumpster renters to seasoned commercial clients.