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How to Dispose of Furniture Without Filling Broward County Landfills

February 15, 2019.

It looms more than 200 feet over Broward County: the local landfill, often called “Mount Trashmore,” is rapidly reaching capacity. Monarch Hill Renewable Energy Park, as it’s officially known, began as a relatively modest pile of waste only ten feet tall in 1965 in what was then a remote area of the county. Now, about 3,500 tons of waste ends up in the landfill every day and you want to make sure your castoff sofa isn’t contributing to the burden. Find out how to dispose of furniture without sending it to Monarch Hill.

How to Dispose of Furniture: The Basics

While everyone wants to do their part to protect the environment, there are times when it can be tempting to simplify an otherwise complicated process. Once each month, residents of unincorporated areas of Broward County can place furniture, including mattresses, at the curb for bulk pickup. This not only means you’ll be responsible for dragging heavy and often ungainly items down to the curb yourself, but also that it’s being sent directly to a landfill. 

For residents of incorporated cities and towns within Broward County, waste pickup is managed at the municipal level. This means the rules, regulations, guidelines and service offerings for bulky items can vary significantly from one town to the next. When you’re trying to figure out how to dispose of furniture without renting a truck and bribing a friend to help you haul it away, the difficulty of the task can be compounded by the variance from one area to another within the county. In the end, after investing time and energy into figuring out when you can place an item out for collection, you’re left with the lingering guilt of sending large items to a landfill that is already approaching capacity.

Landfill Alternatives for Furniture Disposal

Does the idea of sending your old loveseat trundling down the road in a truck bound for the dump leave you feeling guilty? You’re certainly not alone; everyone is starting to recognize the importance of caring for the planet through more conscious and considerate living.

Disposing of furniture can mean more than sending it away on a garbage truck, though, especially if the pieces you’re ready to be free of are still in usable condition. When you’ve got a dated but serviceable sofa, a scratched but usable dining room table or other such pieces, you can help the environment and your neighbors in need by donating it to an area charitable organization. You’re able to feel good about your decision once the furniture is delivered to a donation center, but there’s something to consider: transportation.

While there are donation centers that offer pickup services, it’s important to remember not all make this concession. Among those that do, services are in quite high demand. From the time you contact a donation center to the day your unwanted furniture is removed, days or even weeks may pass. When you’re on a deadline, this simply isn’t an ideal option.

This doesn’t mean you can’t donate your furniture, though. There are options for furniture disposal that don’t include landfill dumping, missed deadlines due to limited pickup services, or the stress of researching every local donation center just to find one which fits your needs. When it’s all said and done, getting rid of furniture you no longer have a use for is as easy as picking up the phone to make a single call.

Green Furniture Removal Options

When you want to minimize your landfill impact while getting rid of unwanted furniture, a private hauler may not be the first solution that comes to mind. While it’s true that some private haulers take their accumulated waste to landfills, all removal companies are not cut from the same cloth. Some take environmental best practices very seriously, and it’s reflected in the way they do business with their clients.

At Jiffy Junk, we work hard to provide the very best in white-glove, full-service removal, but we’ve made eco-friendlier disposal our mission. For this reason, we offer the residents of Broward County more than simple waste removal. We work to connect with local outreach groups who can and do help us ensure all the serviceable items we remove are sent to good homes.

Our knowledgeable and experienced removal technicians will come to your home or commercial property ready to remove anything you no longer want or need, not just furniture. Our white-glove service promise means you never have to do any of the hard work; we’ll even clean up after ourselves on the way out to leave your space swept clean and free of dust bunnies. What we don’t do, however, is transport the things we remove directly to the nearest dump. We know our customers come to us wondering how to dispose of furniture without contributing to environmental damage, and we’re dedicated to minimizing our footprint in any way we can. This means separating everything we remove to ensure usable items end up at a donation center and all recyclable items are directed to the appropriate recycling facilities. 

Unlike municipal pickup options, which typically do transport discarded furniture directly to the nearest landfill, we also don’t expect you to haul the things you no longer want or need down to the curb. We’ll remove your furniture from where it sits, clearing your space without clouding your conscience. There’s no need to research the laws, rules and regulations that govern waste management on state, local and federal levels because we do all the work for you. Best of all, we do it in a way that leaves you and the planet as happy as can be. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you get rid of things you no longer want without long wait times for a pickup appointment or the stress of trying to transport bulky, difficult-to-move items to the nearest donation center.

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