How to Dispose of Old Furniture

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Where and How to Get Rid of Unwanted Furniture

Getting rid of old furniture can be a challenge, whether you’re downsizing for a move or simply restyling your home. You can donate or sell your furniture to save it from the landfill, but renting a dumpster can be a time-saver if you’re on a tight schedule or have a lot to throw out at once. Ultimately, the right disposal option depends on your furniture’s condition and your local disposal regulations. Use our Furniture Disposal Guide to find all the answers you need for getting rid of old furniture without the stress.

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Can You Throw Furniture in a Dumpster?

You can typically throw bed frames, chairs, desks, dressers and tables in a dumpster. But bulkier items like mattresses may not be acceptable in certain areas due to local landfill regulations. To be sure about the furniture you’re throwing out, give us a quick phone call and tell us your zip code. Our knowledgeable team can give you the specifics for your area.

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Couch Disposal

How to Dispose of an Old Couch

When your loveseat stops loving you back, it’s time to part ways. But planning for couch removal can be confusing with so many options available. Typically, you have three choices: donate, sell or toss. Use the information below to find the best way to get rid of your old couch

Can You Recycle an Old Couch?

If you’re able to take them apart, the wood frame, fabric, foam core and springs can sometimes be recycled. But some stains, varnishes and adhesives that couches are treated with can make recycling difficult. And since it’s a very labor-intensive process, it can be hard to find a sofa recycling service near you.

Often the best way to give your sofa a new life is through donation.

Can I Donate My Used Sofa?

Donating your couch to a charity saves it from the landfill and can also be a huge help to someone in need. On top of that, it’s a free way to get rid of your couch. To determine whether your couch can be donated, check for the following:

  • Rips or tears in upholstery.
  • Scratches, dents or water damage to wood.
  • Stains and odors in fabric.
  • Any necessary repairs.

If your couch is suitable for reuse, contact charities or donation centers in your area to find out if they are currently accepting furniture. Some even offer pickup services to haul your furniture away for you. Here are a few options to get you started:

Where Can I Sell My Sofa?

If your sofa is clean and in excellent condition, odds are you can sell it at a garage sale or a local resale shop. In many cases, you can even arrange for potential buyers to pick up the sofa from your home. To broaden your reach, you can also advertise your couch for sale with a variety of online services:

With so many options available to buyers, it’s important to make your furniture stand out from the crowd for a quick sale. To successfully sell your furniture online:

  • Price competitively.
  • Take quality photos.
  • Provide specific details like age, brand and fabric type.
  • Be honest about any imperfections.
  • Offer delivery if possible.

Where Can I Throw Away a Couch?

  • Curbside Trash Pickup. If your couch is small and lightweight, curbside collection might work for you. Just keep in mind that some trash collection companies charge extra fees to pick up furniture with your regular trash. You might also need to wait for your city’s next bulk collection day. In some areas, upholstered furniture must be sealed in plastic for collection. And some areas don’t accept furniture at all. Check with your local trash service.
  • Dumpster Rental. You can have a roll off dumpster delivered to your driveway to get rid of your couch, along with any other junk you need to toss. This is the fastest way to get rid of one or more furniture items, especially when preparing for a move. Note that costs vary by location and weight restrictions apply.
  • Junk Removal Services. To get rid of a large amount of furniture, you can also hire a junk removal service to assist you. Keep in mind that most junk removal companies charge you by how much space your items take up in their truck. With a dumpster rental, you typically pay one flat rate as long as you stay within the weight limit.
Couch Refurbishing Infographic
 

Keeping Furniture From the Landfill

You may have no choice but to get rid of your couch, but here are a few steps you can take in the future to save furniture from the landfill.

  • Purchase high-quality furniture. The upfront cost might be higher, but you’re likely to enjoy the furniture longer. And if you ever need to sell it, you’ll see a better return on your investment.    
  • Take care of your furniture. Clean regularly and treat furniture with care to make it last as long as possible. Aka: don’t jump on the couch!
  • Consider reupholstering. If your furniture has a sturdy frame, sometimes all it takes is fresh fabric to bring it back to life.
  • Protect furniture with slipcovers. Not only does a slipcover allow you to easily transform the style of your couch, but it also helps protect from wear and tear.

Is a dumpster rental the right furniture disposal option for you? Call 844-444-DUMP to get rid of your couch today.

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Mattress Disposal

What to Do With an Old Mattress

Has your mattress lost its spring? Whether it’s time for an upgrade or you’re downsizing for a move, getting rid of your old mattress and box spring can be tricky. Due to health concerns like bed bugs, mattress companies typically cannot take old mattresses back in their delivery trucks, which leaves you to toss this bulky, heavy item yourself. But don’t lose any sleep over it – our mattress disposal guide is here to help.

Learn how to dispose of that old mattress with the options below.

Can I Donate My Old Mattress?

Donating your bed to a charity saves it from the landfill and can also make a huge difference for someone in need. Along with that, it’s a free way to get rid of your mattress. You can also check with friends or relatives who may need a mattress. But first, check for signs of wear and tear to decide if the mattress is reusable:

  • Rips or tears
  • Stains or odors
  • Frayed edges
  • Compression
  • Age*

*If the mattress is over 10 years old, it’s likely time to toss or recycle.

If you determine that yours is suitable for reuse, it’s time to contact local charities or donation centers to find out if they accept mattresses. Depending on local regulations, some organizations can’t take mattresses due to health concerns like bed bugs or other pests. But a quick phone call to find out can go a long way for a struggling family. 

The following organizations often accept mattress donations:

Can I Recycle My Old Mattress?

If your mattress is not fit for donation, recycling is also a great way to save it from taking up space in the landfill. The metal springs, wood frame and cotton material are all recyclable! But depending on availability in your state, finding a mattress recycling facility may require a bit of research. Here are a few options to start:

  • Use Earth911’s database to check if there’s a mattress recycling facility near you.
  • California, Connecticut and Rhode Island require all mattresses to be recycled. If you’re a resident, you can find a recycling facility with The Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress.
  • While buying your replacement mattress, ask the store if they offer a recycling program.

Depending on where you take the mattress, you may be charged a fee for recycling. If you have trouble locating a mattress recycling facility near you, breaking it down for recycling yourself is another option. Although this project can be fairly time-consuming, it’s a great way to save a few bucks.

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Can I Sell My Used Mattress?

Yes, it is possible to sell a gently used mattress, although the demand can be slim. However, when priced competitively, you might be able to make some extra cash if your mattress is in good condition. Your best resource here is word-of-mouth – ask your friends if anyone is looking for a mattress. 

You can also check local second-hand shops. Most purchase new mattresses at wholesale prices or in bulk, so they may not be looking for used furniture items. But some offer buy-trade programs.

You might also consider listing your mattress for sale online:

Can I Throw My Mattress in a Dumpster?

If you’re crunched for time, you can typically dispose of your mattress in a dumpster as long as your local hauler accepts them. Since mattresses are large, heavy and contain a variety of materials, most municipal trash collection services won’t accept them. Check with your local sanitation department to find out if mattress removal is included with their bulk collection service.

If curbside mattress collection isn’t available in your city, consider the following disposal options:

  • Dumpster Rental. You can have a roll off dumpster delivered to your driveway to get rid of your mattress, along with any other junk you need to toss. This is the fastest way to get rid of one or more furniture items, especially when preparing for a move. Note that disposal regulations vary by location and weight restrictions apply.
  • Mattress Removal Services. To get rid of a large amount of furniture, including mattresses, you can also hire a junk removal service to assist you. Keep in mind that most junk removal companies charge you by how much space your items take up in their truck. With a dumpster rental, you typically pay one flat rate as long as you stay within the weight limit.
  • Local Dump. You can typically haul your mattress to the landfill yourself. First, make sure to check your local regulations. Also, be aware that landfills charge for disposal.

The typical mattress is designed to last anywhere from five to ten years. To prolong the lifespan of your bed, the following maintenance tips can go a long way.

How to Make Your Mattress Last Longer

  • Invest in a quality mattress protector.
  • Use a box spring or foundation for proper support.
  • Wash your sheets regularly.
  • Don’t let pets on the bed.
  • Keep food and drinks out of the bed.
  • Rotate your mattress every two to six months.
  • Vacuum the mattress regularly.
  • Don’t jump on the bed. (We know it’s fun, but seriously – don’t do it.)

Is a dumpster rental the right mattress disposal option for you? Call 844-444-DUMP to get rid of your mattress today.

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Furniture Disposal

Where Can I Dispose of Other Old Furniture?

Wondering how to get rid of the rest of your old furniture? From dining room sets and dressers to pool tables and pianos, tossing your unwanted furniture items can be difficult. To help you find the best disposal option for your situation, we collected a variety of resources, including some environmentally friendly ways to get rid of that old stuff. 

Can You Recycle Old Furniture?

Many of the pieces and parts of your furniture can typically be recycled. For instance, wooden frames, tables and chairs are usually able to repurposed. And the fabric from chairs, sofas and pillows can sometimes be reused. But keep in mind that some stains, varnishes and adhesives these items are treated with can make recycling difficult. 

Patio and office furniture often contains metal components that are recyclable. You can visit a local scrap metal recycling center to make some extra money. 

Still, furniture recycling is hard to find in many areas. Often the best way to keep your furniture from the landfill is through donation.

Can I Donate My Old Furniture?

Donating your furniture to a charity is a great way to do good for both the environment and your community. Even more, it’s a free way to get rid of your furniture. To determine whether your furniture items can be donated, check for the following:

  • Rips or tears in upholstery.
  • Scratches, dents or water damage to wood.
  • Stains and odors in fabric.
  • Breaks or missing pieces.

If you determine that your furniture is reusable, contact charities or donation centers in your area. Some even offer pickup services to haul your furniture away for you. Here are a few options to get you started:

Keep in mind that some items may not be needed by charities. Essential furniture pieces like beds and dining room sets are typically the top priority. For instance, if you’re getting rid of a piano or a pool table, you may need to find another disposal option.

Where Can I Sell My Furniture?

If your furniture is clean and in excellent condition, you may be able to make some extra cash with it at a yard sale or a local consignment shop. In many cases, you can even arrange for the buyers to haul the furniture away from your home. To speed up the sale process, you can advertise your furniture with a variety of online services:

To successfully sell your furniture online, it’s important to make your pieces stand out from the rest:

  • Price competitively.
  • Take quality photos.
  • Provide specific details like age, brand and fabric type.
  • Be honest about any imperfections.
  • Offer delivery if possible.

Keep in mind that donating or selling your furniture can take a lot of time and energy. If you’re in a hurry to get rid of your furniture, you may need to throw it away instead. 

Where Can I Throw Away Unwanted Furniture?

  • Dumpster Rental. You can have a roll off dumpster delivered to your driveway to get rid of a wide range of furniture items all at once. This is often the fastest way to toss furniture and is especially helpful when cleaning out a loved one’s home or preparing for a move. Note that costs vary by location and weight restrictions apply.
  • Curbside Trash Pickup. If your furniture is small and lightweight, curbside collection might work for you. Just keep in mind that some trash collection companies charge extra fees to pick up furniture with your regular trash. Some cities limit the number of furniture items they accept with their bulk collection service, and you might also need to seal upholstered furniture in plastic due to health concerns. In some places, furniture isn’t accepted at all. Check with your local sanitation department.
  • Junk Removal Services. To get rid of a large amount of furniture, you can also look into hiring a junk removal company. Note that most companies charge you by the amount of space your items take up in their truck. With a dumpster rental, you typically pay one flat rate as long as you stay within the weight limit.

Keeping Furniture From the Landfill

You may have no choice but to get rid of that old dresser, but here are a few steps you can take in the future to save furniture from the landfill.

  • Purchase high-quality furniture. The upfront cost might be higher, but you’re likely to enjoy the furniture longer. And if you ever need to sell it, you’ll see a better return on your investment.
  • Take care of your furniture. Clean regularly and treat furniture with care to make it last as long as possible. 
  • Consider reupholstering. If your furniture has a sturdy frame, sometimes all it takes is fresh fabric to bring it back to life.
  • Add a fresh coat of paint. Sometimes your wood furniture just needs a little TLC to bring back its charm. If the wood is in good condition, a simple stain can go a long way. Or you can use a fresh coat of paint to give old wooden furniture an easy facelift.

Is a dumpster rental the right furniture disposal option for you? Call 844-444-DUMP to get rid of unwanted furniture today.

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Furniture Disposal Made Easy

From mattresses and bedframes to sofas and recliners, we know finding the right disposal option can be tough. We hope our furniture disposal guide answered all of your questions. To learn how to dispose of more tricky items like appliances and electronics, check out our additional disposal guides. If you have any questions or need a dumpster to toss your furniture, give us a call at 844-444-DUMP.