December 28, 2019.
If you’re getting rid of large furniture, chances are you’re in the middle of a much larger project. Whether you’re renovating a seldom-used guest room or in the middle of a full-scale hoarding mitigation, disposing of bulky pieces can be a challenge. Unless you’re holding on to particularly unique pieces or valuable antiques, finding a buyer for used pieces is often next to impossible. This is especially true for upholstered furniture and bedding, which can be notoriously difficult to thoroughly sanitize.
Working to complete a cleaning or organizing project also means deadlines and obligation; waste management is only a single aspect of a larger overall plan. When it’s time to get unwanted or unneeded furniture off the property, there’s no time to become an expert on local disposal laws or reach a first-name basis with municipal waste management coordinators. You need to learn the basics about your disposal options so you can make an informed decision, one which suits not only the unique needs of your individual project but also keeps a focus on environmental responsibility.
Options for Getting Rid of Large Furniture in Palm Beach County
You can’t weigh your removal options for furniture if you don’t have a clear view of all your options, so it’s wise to do a bit of research before deciding how you’ll remove your unwanted household goods.
Municipal services are often a reflexive choice, though recent changes to county codes cut the number of annual bulk collection days by 50% and imposed a host of new restrictions.
Residents of Palm Beach County were once given two times each week to dispose of large items but now bulk collection is restricted to no more than three items a week. Debris from minor home repairs is also accepted, but it must be containerized in bundles weighing no more than fifty pounds totaling no more than two cubic yards each week. Waste exceeding these limits can be collected upon scheduled request at a special collection rate charged in addition to funding collected through taxes and municipal fees.
Any appliances placed out for collection must have all doors removed in order to prevent children from climbing inside and becoming trapped. Items must not be positioned on or near water or gas meters, under low-hanging tree branches or utility wires or within three feet of any fire hydrants and mailboxes. County ordinances state that residents who break the rules without any exemptions could find themselves facing penalties of up to $250 levied against them by code enforcement or SWA inspectors.
Another thing to factor into your decision when considering municipal bulk collection is the environmental and social impact. When Solid Waste Authority technicians come to collect unwanted furniture, appliances and household goods, items in usable condition are not taken to local donation or charity centers. Instead, items required by state, local or federal law are recycled, and the rest finds its way to the landfill or is incinerated. This means even the most concerted effort to keep your cleaning project greener and more sustainable is considerably undermined if you work with the SWA.
If the idea of sending everything to the most convenient and likely least sustainable disposal destination is repellent, you may find the idea of DIY hauling a bit more appealing. After all, you can control where everything ends up if you haul it there yourself, right?
Even if you have access to a suitable vehicle, the costs and time investment associated with hauling your own waste can be surprisingly steep. You’ll have to be prepared to remove yourself entirely from the work site, all but washing your hands of everything else happening in order to dedicate yourself to managing waste. The logistics of transporting multiple items to separate destinations alone can be overwhelming, and then you have all the manual labor to manage.
If heavy lifting and transportation logistics aren’t your strong suit, then your remaining option is a private hauler. While it’s true that anyone with a truck can provide removal services for furniture and bulk waste, it’s also true that not all private hauling services are created equal. Working with a service provider who not only understands the value of your time but also the urgency of protecting the environment can help you streamline your project while doing your part for the planet.
An Ethical Way for Getting Rid of Large Furniture Quickly
At Jiffy Junk, we understand you have deadlines to meet and an environment to save for future generations. That’s why we’ve built our business around providing the very best in white-glove removal with an emphasis on environmental best practices.
When our expert removal technicians come to your home or place of business to help you get rid of things you no longer want or need, they keep their eyes peeled for items in usable condition. These items are all diverted to local donation centers, keeping furniture, household goods and other such items in the community where they can be of some good and stay out of the local landfill. For all other items, we seek out sustainable disposal solutions whenever they can be found so you’re able to enjoy your clean space without worries about its environmental impact.
Our white-glove service promise means you never have to do any of the heavy lifting. Forget dragging a heavy sofa down to the curb. We’ll remove heavy items from where they’re sitting, and we’ll uninstall any appliances marked for disposal. Our removal techs will even tear out old carpeting and padding before disposal, so you’re truly free to focus on all the other aspects of your project only you can manage.
Whether you need one-time removal for a single piece of furniture or ongoing pickup for a towering discard pile of epic proportions, we’re here to help. Call us today to learn more about our commitment to greener disposal, and how Jiffy Junk can help you turn even the most overwhelming disposal project into a clear, attainable goal with a single phone call.