May 7, 2019.
Your old sofa has seen you through countless binge-watching marathons, but nothing lasts forever; favorite shows and cozy couches aren’t exemptions. When it’s time to make room for new furniture, though, getting rid of the old stuff can often present a challenge. More often than not, figuring out how to dispose of a couch takes more time than picking out its replacement.
Residents of Palm Beach County do have access to more convenient municipal bulk waste collection schedules than those in other areas; the Solid Waste Authority will remove bulk items twice each week with regular household garbage. While this might sound simple enough, there are some things you might want to consider before you lug that old sofa down to the curb.
The Drawbacks of Municipal Bulk Collection
Twice per week, the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County will collect discarded furniture, appliances, bathtubs and other outsized household items too ungainly to fit into a household waste pickup bin. At first blush, figuring out how to dispose of a sofa in Palm Beach County seems easy. After all, how difficult is it to make sure things you don’t want are picked up for free by county authorities?
Scratch the surface, though, and you’ll notice a few things about municipal bulk waste collection that might give you pause. First, and arguably most importantly, the items you place out for Solid Waste Authority to remove will not be recycled. Instead, they’ll be taken directly to the nearest landfill. This means springs and other metal components cannot be harvested for recycling, polystyrene cushions are left to degrade at a marginal rate and rapidly dwindling landfill space is consumed. The landfill impact of bulky, slow- or non-biodegrading items is significant, but there’s also a chance your old sofa will simply be incinerated. If so, it could release particulate matter containing a host of toxic substances.
While it’s true that some sofas are so well-loved and well-used they simply aren’t in serviceable condition, it also isn’t always the case. When furniture in usable condition is dumped in a landfill or burned along with other trash, those items aren’t just leaving a detrimental impact. They’re also no longer available to charitable organizations, which help them to be passed along to those in need.
You know you don’t want your old couch to end up clogging a landfill or being burned as trash, so where do you turn for disposal options you won’t have to feel guilty about when you reach the end of your cleaning or disposal project? It’s not always simple to find answers to those questions, but it certainly isn’t impossible.
Donating a decent sofa is always the most ethical thing to do, but it isn’t always the easiest. Not all charitable donation centers offer pickup services. Those that do are often in such high demand you may find yourself waiting days or even weeks for a pickup appointment. It doesn’t matter if you’re simply eager to get your new furniture in place, getting rid of the old stuff before a big move, or working to beat any other deadline, this wait can throw a wrench into your plans. Fortunately, you don’t have to work around the availability of an over-scheduled donation center, and you don’t have to meet municipal schedules and guidelines only to send your unwanted furniture to an undignified end at the landfill or incineration site.
Of course, you can always drop it off yourself. Provided, of course, you have access to a vehicle of suitable size and the help of a friend or two for the heavy lifting. Renting a truck means incurring not just rental costs, but also insurance, administrative and fueling costs, as well. By the time you’ve paid these costs and expended your own energy to haul old furniture across town, you may find yourself wondering if it was worth all the hassle. Still, protecting the environment is everyone’s responsibility, which means choosing greener disposal even when it’s the least convenient option. What if there were a way to cost-effectively and ethically get rid of old furniture?
Dispose of a Couch with No Guilt and No Stress
Chances are, you’re working to dispose of a couch as part of a larger project. Even if you’re just making way for new living room furniture, there are things only you can manage over the course of this journey. Your time and money are valuable; why invest more of either one than is necessary on simple disposal?
At Jiffy Junk, we know you need to get rid of old furniture on your schedule and on your terms. We’ve built our business around providing the very best in full-service, white-glove removal and hauling for customers throughout the Palm Beach County area, but it’s not our only focus. We work equally hard to make sure our disposal methods are always the most sustainable, ecologically-friendly options available.
When our experienced and professional removal technicians come to your home or place of business to remove things you no longer want or need, they always separate usable items for donation. Anything unsuitable for donation is recycled whenever possible, even if it means seeking out programs unused by municipal waste management. We work hard to minimize our own environmental footprint, which we’re then able to pass along to our valued customers.
When it’s all said and done, you’ll find your space swept clean and free of dust bunnies, ready for whatever’s next on the agenda. If you have more than a couch to dispose of properly, we can help you make quick work of even the biggest discard piles. We’ll even uninstall unwanted appliances and tear out old carpeting for disposal, all as part of our white-glove service promise.
Don’t let finding a disposal solution for old furniture become your own primary focus; call us today to learn more about our full-service removal options and how we can help you enjoy both your clean space and your clear conscience, all with a single phone call.