Proper Junk Removal: Where Do I Take My Unwanted Items?

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Hoarding Cleanup & Junk Removal

Remember the old sofa you saw in the vacant lot near your house? Don’t be that guy! Of course, you would never do that. But it’s apparent that some people do. And they dump old chairs, mattresses, and other furniture items in places where they can be a hazard as well as an eyesore. And somebody must go and clean it up eventually. It is essential to know how to dump furniture properly or hire a junk removal service to do it for you.

Options for Where to Dump Furniture Properly

Old furniture can be a pain to get rid of for several reasons. It’s usually large, heavy and bulky. As a result, getting most pieces of furniture out of the house is a significant task. Not only is it hard to move, but it can also be dangerous to both you and your walls and doorways. And that’s just the easy part!

You still must get rid of your old furniture somehow once you do manage to get it outside. Many people are tempted to leave their furniture item on the curb near their house with a sign on it saying, “FREE” or, worse, hauling it off to an empty lot or field somewhere and leaving it.
But abandoning your old, unwanted furniture is not the proper way to get rid of it. Not to mention that dumping anything that way is illegal and a potential safety hazard. Fortunately, you do have a few good options to unload furniture properly.

Let’s assume first off that you are not looking to sell your old furniture. If it’s usable, relatively clean and in good condition, this could be an option, however. While you won’t make enough to pay your rent for the month, you might earn as much as a few hundred dollars depending on how many items you have and the condition they’re in.

Selling old furniture can typically be done in at least three ways:

  • You can put your items in a garage sale or a yard sale
  • You can list them online in places like eBay, Craigslist or
  • You might be able to place them in a local consignment shop

The biggest downside of the first and third options is transportation. You may still have to get your furniture items out of the house and either onto your driveway – or a neighbor’s – or else transport them to the consignment shop.

The downside of online selling is that you need to set up an account, take good photos of your stuff, and write and upload a good listing. Then you still have the items sitting in your house until you find a buyer.

So, you may have decided not to sell these items. But you could donate them!

While donations are a great way to go for a few reasons, there are disadvantages to this route, too. Your furniture needs to be in good condition, clean, and you still must get it to the thrift store or organization, in most instances. Some entities offer free pick up, but that may not always be an option.

Perhaps you’d like to have donated your old furniture, but it’s in poor condition, or you don’t have a convenient way to transport it.

So, what do you do with it then?

Junk Removal ServicesWhere to Dump Furniture Professionally

There is a professional option that is not only affordable, convenient and safe, and it’s also easy and environmentally friendly. We do NOT recommend having your brother-in-law come by in his truck, load your old furniture, and merely haul it all off to the local landfill.

Taking your old items to the dump is not only costly, but it also adds to an already over-filled waste disposal situation. And it disposes of potentially reusable materials. In some cases, you may not even have this option because of either local regulations, or scarcity of available landfills.

When it comes to old furniture, you can still “Recycle, reuse, reduce.” Recycling can mean that some of your old furniture pieces can be refurbished to make “new” items that can be used again. And recycling can be an excellent option for when you need to dump furniture although there sometimes a few hazardous materials inside of some furniture pieces.

Most of the components of your old furniture can be recycled most of the time. And there are some great benefits to recycling your furniture:

  • It conserves limited natural resources
  • It conserves up to 95 percent of the water used to process many materials
  • It helps preserve the forests, which helps to reduce CO2 emissions and it reduces fossil fuel use, which reduces CO2 emissions

The bottom line is that recycling is necessary for the environment and a good furniture removal company will have established recycling and donation relationships with local organizations.

Also, green technology means that a conscientious firm can incorporate this into their operations. Ask to make sure the furniture removal company you are considering has “green” processes, and not only recycles, but also has methods to have furniture items donated, repurposed, and reused where and when possible.

Dump Furniture Properly with Scrubby Corp

When it comes to removing junk and clutter from your commercial and residential home or property, all you need to do is give Scrubby Corp a call! Our junk removal services include a one-time removal of materials that a trash company won’t haul away (i.e., major appliances, furniture, etc.). Our junk removal team specializes in attic cleanup, basement cleanup, garage cleanup, deck removal, estate cleanup, above ground pool removal, hot tub removal, and more. If you’ve got unwanted junk or trash that your garbage service won’t pick up, you know you have a local cleaning service who’s willing to help get it removed.

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