April 12, 2019.
They say nothing lasts forever, but this doesn’t always feel like the case when you’re stuck with furniture you can’t dispose of properly. While a battered sofa may reach the end of its days in your home, sending it to the landfill means it does last forever, in a manner of speaking. Polyurethane foam, metal components and a host of other bits and pieces take an exceptionally long time to break down in a landfill, with some things never fully biodegrading.
The Downsides of Furniture Disposal Through Municipal Services
Broward County Solid Waste and Recycling Services does offer furniture disposal through their monthly bulk waste collection service, but it’s important to realize these items are transported directly to the nearest landfill. Regardless of an item’s condition or composition, all items collected through municipal bulk disposal, including furniture, are simply thrown away. This leaves you with a clean and clear space but doesn’t always leave you with a clean conscience.
Environmental concerns aside, there are other reasons to carefully weigh your options when researching and settling upon a method of furniture disposal. If you’re working on any type of deadline, self-imposed or otherwise, you’ll have to schedule everything around the single day of each month when you have access to municipal bulk hauling services. For Broward County residents who are disposing of unwanted furniture because they’re moving, closing an estate or working on any other time-sensitive project, this can throw a very substantial wrench into your plans.
Because Broward County Solid Waste and Recycling Services bulk collection is a curbside service, residents are required to move furniture and other heavy items down to the curb before 7AM on their scheduled collection day. For many, wrestling heavy and ungainly items out of their places and down to the curb can present a large challenge all on its own. Add to this the stress of working around a single collection day each month and the knowledge that everything will make its way from your home to a landfill, and the municipal collection route doesn’t seem quite as easy, efficient or ethical as it might at first blush.
The Challenges of Alternative Furniture Disposal Methods
What if the furniture you’re working to get rid of is still in usable condition but is no longer of use to you? Online classified ads and sales groups are filled with people looking to sell used furniture, to varying degrees of success. Unless you’re dealing with antiques, vintage furniture or other specialty items, there simply isn’t a large market for used furniture. This especially holds true for upholstered and soft items, which can be difficult to sanitize, can hold odors, and may harbor pet dander to which many people are allergic.
When you’re on a tight schedule, you don’t have time to wait for a buyer to decide they want to pay for your used items. The process can be long, irritating and ultimately not worth the trouble, especially if you’re in a hurry. By the time you sift through responses from people who want a better bargain, can’t arrange their own transportation or have unrealistic expectations of used furniture, you may find you’ve wasted hours or even days of your valuable time on a single aspect of a much larger project.
The next option is donation, which keeps furniture out of the landfill and in your community, where it can help those in need. While there are many donation centers in and around Broward County, pickup services are not often offered due to lack of resources or efforts to minimize overhead so more funding goes to a dedicated cause. You’re able to help your neighbors and charitable organizations, but you’ll likely have to haul your furniture to the donation center yourself. If you don’t have access to a truck large enough to accommodate the items you no longer want, you could find yourself spending far more than you expected in an attempt to give something away for free. Truck rental and administrative fees, insurance and fueling costs all add up quickly, and you’re still responsible for doing all the heavy lifting.
Quick, Easy and Ethical Furniture Disposal in Broward County
You want to do what’s right for your community and the environment, but you also have a job to finish. This is where an ecologically-responsible private hauling company like Jiffy Junk can make all the difference.
We work hard to provide the very best in white-glove, full-service hauling. We’ll come to your home or place of business to remove anything you no longer want or need, not just furniture. Our experienced and friendly removal technicians separate everything they remove, earmarking usable items for charitable donation and ensuring all recyclable items go to the appropriate facilities. We are dedicated to minimizing our own landfill impact, which we’re able to pass along to our clients.
When we arrive, we’ll uninstall appliances, remove furniture from where it sits and tear up old carpeting for disposal. We can get rid of almost anything you can imagine, and we always work to do so in the greenest, most ecologically-responsible way possible. Whether you’re doing the hard work of closing a loved one’s estate, getting ready for a big move or prepping for a major home renovation, we are always here to help. We do all the heavy lifting and all the hard work, leaving you free to focus on the many aspects of your ongoing project only you can manage. We know your time is valuable, so we make sure to free up as much of it as possible by taking what can often be the most time-consuming and stressful aspect off your plate: unwanted item and furniture disposal.
Don’t let an old sofa stand between you and the achievement of your goals. Call us today to find out how we can turn even the biggest messes into clear space with a single phone call. From hoarding mitigation to cleaning out a storage unit, we’re here to help you free up space while minimizing your landfill contribution, one truckload at a time.