How to get rid of used furniture
Got some used furniture you’re looking to get rid of? Before tossing it to the curb or dropping it off at your nearest landfill, hold up. Sure, it might look like garbage to you. But to someone else, it’s a perfectly usable dining set. Or couch. Or whatever.
Disposing of old and unwanted furniture is a drag, no doubt about it. It’s clunky and heavy. So much so, that just getting it outside can be a back-straining ordeal—even if you’ve managed to rope your friends into helping you out. Thankfully, there are better ways to go about it. Instead of landfilling used furniture, you can ensure that it gets a second life, helping the environment and someone in need.
In some cases, you might have to haul your old furniture to a drop-off location just to donate it. But that’s not always true. Sometimes, you can arrange to have it picked up, too. Plus, all donations can be deducted from your taxes.
Furniture Bank Association of North America (FBANA) – Through FBANA, you can locate your nearest furniture bank. Furniture banks provide furniture to those in need at little or no cost. Many will pick up gently used furniture straight from your house.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore – ReStores pick up gently used furniture, among other things, in most communities and resell it at a reduced price.
If these options don’t appeal to you, homeless shelters, battered women’s shelters and thrift stores are also usually looking for furniture. Feel free to try them out, too.
Sell or trade your used furniture
Every time you toss out a used piece of furniture, you create more waste. And potentially waste more cash. Turns out, that old recliner might be worth something to someone. There are tons of classified websites out there with people looking to buy. Start with Craigslist. If you’re in Canada, give Kijiji a look, too. If this is something you’re not comfortable doing, try selling through your network of social media contacts.
Trade networks are also worth checking out. Instead of selling an item, trade it for something you need. This is an easy way to participate in the circular economy. Bunz Trading Zone is a Facebook group that’s being used across Canada. There are others, too, like Freecycle.
For something hands off, you can have someone else pick up your old and unwanted furniture for you. Companies like 1-800-GOT-JUNK? take care of everything, all you have to do is arrange a time for them to come by and pick up your stuff. And they claim to recycle and donate everything they can.
If you absolutely have to, landfill it
We get it, sometimes you don’t have any other options. Maybe that old sofa is infested with bedbugs. Maybe it’s just not salvageable. Whatever the case might be, before you drop it at the curb, make sure your municipality’s curbside program accepts bulky items. If not, you might have to bring it to a drop-off location. If your city’s part of the Recycle Coach network, it’s as easy as downloading the app and searching our What goes where? tool.