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Appliance and Furniture Waste: Disposal for Large Items

March 31, 2018.

What’s more stressful than the unexpected need to replace a piece of furniture or an appliance? Trying to get rid of it to make space for the replacement. When items are too large to be shoved in a can by the curb, you’re forced to explore disposal alternatives you may not have ever thought of otherwise.

Furniture Waste Disposal Options

While there are a wide variety of services intended to aid in bulk item disposal, they all boil down to three primary options: DIY hauling, private hauling or municipal waste management.

When it comes to DIY appliance and furniture waste, disposal laws and ordinances are important to research. There are state, federal and local laws you’ll need to familiarize yourself with to avoid inadvertently breaking them.

Refrigerators are a great example of the many things you’ll need to be aware of before attempting to haul away old furniture and appliances yourself. Models manufactured before 2010 likely contain a coolant which has since been targeted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for phase-out due to the environmental risk it poses. It must be recovered by a trained professional to avoid contamination, and only then can it be sent for processing at a recycling center.

This doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods if you’re dealing with a newer model, though. The replacement coolant is less hazardous but is also highly flammable. So much so, in fact, that even municipal bulk-item programs will refuse to handle them at all. You can’t haul them yourself and your local sanitation department won’t take them, so you’re left with only manufacturer and retailer recycling programs as an option.

What if you’re not trying to get rid of anything filled with hazardous chemicals, though? If you don’t have access to the truck and the manpower you’ll need to manage it yourself, municipal services may be a great fit. Be advised that rules will vary from one city to the next and appointments may need to be made days or even weeks in advance. You’ll also have to haul your old furniture or appliances down to the curb yourself, making sure they doesn’t block street access, impede pedestrian traffic or impinge on neighboring properties.

How Private Hauling Can Pay for Itself

At first glance, it can seem cheaper and less stressful to simply rent a truck, gather some friends and haul away your old furniture waste. Disposal laws and the expense of renting, fueling and processing can complicate matters, though. If you accidentally find yourself on the wrong side of the law, you’re on the hook for all the fines and fees.

Our Jiffy Junk technicians are committed to not only providing the very best in white-glove furniture removal at a fair price, but also to protecting the environment whenever possible. This means we’ll come to your home or place of business anywhere in the five boroughs, Suffolk or Nassau Counties for quick, easy and ethical removal. If your items are still usable, we’ll take them to the donation center of your choice. If they’re not, we’ll prioritize recycling every step of the way to minimize your landfill impact. All with one phone call, in one trip and at one fair price.

Call today: 844-543-3966.

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