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How Do You Recycle Old Furniture

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How Do You Recycle Old Furniture

Find out more about how to recycle old furniture? We look at ways to recycle your old furniture and the benefits of recycling furniture.

How To Recycle Furniture

Furniture which has reached the end of its life being used as a useful household item can often be recycled. Especially items which are constructed out of metal or wood. Most furniture can be recycled at a local recycling centre, and some local authorities may also provide a collection service.

If you have a piece of furniture that is still completely usable, then consider passing it on to someone else, selling the item, or donating it. Charity shops are always happy to accept furniture for re-sale.

Why Be Eco Friendly When Getting Rid Of Furniture?

Reducing waste is a hugely vital step towards protecting our beautiful planet and the planet's environment. Reducing waste preserves finite natural resources. It also reduces carbon emissions, protects ecosystems, saves wildlife, and conserves energy.

How Do You Recycle Old Furniture?

But even with all of this information at our fingertips, in the UK alone, we have been throwing away from than 300,000 tonnes of potentially reusable furniture per year, according to the waste think-tank RSA.

Even the process of recycling, while still better than not recycling at all, uses valuable energy, water, and other resources. This of course isn't to mention that furniture can be tricky, though not completely impossible, to recycle. So how can our society be better?

We all want to help to protect our planet, and we all need to be a lot more careful with how we are getting rid of our unwanted furniture and other common household waste. We can do this by following the core principles of reducing waste. Reduce, reuse, recycle.


Ways To Recycle Your Old Furniture

If you are not in need of your old furniture, then why not consider giving it to a charity or giving it to someone who really needs it.

There are various websites across the internet such as Freecycle which will allow you to list unwanted items that people can collect from you if they are interested. You can also ask at charity shops to swing by your home and take it to their store location. 

If you're planning to get rid of some other items, then consider adding your furniture to the sale along with everything else you are selling.

You can generate some cash while also ensuring that your dresser, wardrobe, or table has found a new home. Just make sure that anything you're looking to sell is still in usable condition. Websites such as Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace are great places to sell items.

Before you decide to get rid of your item, consider refinishing your furniture in order to give it a new look. Take the furniture to a professional restoration expert, or you can go down the DIY route.

All you need to do is use a little imagination and you can turn your old furniture into something that brings a breath of fresh air to your home. Slap on some shiny new paint, or go the opposite route and give your furniture the vintage look. This can be done by creating an artfully cracked or distressed look.

For old chairs and couches, perhaps consider reupholstering the pieces with a brand new fresh fabric.

Some creative ways to repurpose your old furniture are below!

-  Why not use an old ladder to hang your blankets or towels
-  Reuse old lockers and storage for your shoes
-  Reinvent an old door as a headboard for a bed in your home
-  Repurpose vintage wooden packing crates as a side table for stacking magazines
-  Elevate your mattress with wood pallets
-  Use your old suitcases as display pieces, side tables, coffee tables or bedside tables

It is possible to recycle the material the furniture is made up of itself. If the furniture is made up of wood, metal, or another recyclable material then you can take it directly to your nearest large recycling bin, or community recycling facility.

Benefits Of Recycling Furniture

Every piece of furniture which is manufactured on the planet causes further use of more energy, plants, and trees. Reusing or recycling your old furniture saves the need for raw materials to be used to create new items. This, of course, in turn, helps in saving trees and reduces the further risks of the greenhouse effect and global warming.

Since hundreds and thousands of old furniture pieces such as sofas end up in the landfill every year, it goes without saying that rubbish and general waste items need to be managed better and in a more environmentally friendly way.

We are not alone in thinking this because there are bulk clearance companies around the country that are dedicated to ensuring that items that would simply be thrown in a tip are safely disposed of and recycled effectively.

Furniture removal companies will come to collect your old items and recycle as much as possible. This ultimately avoids piling up the landfill.


Get in touch today if you have any bulky waste collection that needs collecting and disposed of correctly in Maidstone and Kent. Our experience and professionalism can help alleviate any stress or concerns you have concerning wastage.