There comes a time in every household when old pieces of furniture need to be disposed of. Maybe it’s when the kids go off to college and you decide to buy some more upscale furniture.
Perhaps the new puppy went to work on those couches and coffee tables and replacements are in order. Either way, replacing furniture means getting rid of the old stuff. The question is: can getting rid of old furniture be done in an eco-friendly way?
Making the decision to recycle your old furniture is a big one, because it can end up impacting the environment around us. Here are a few reasons why recycling old furniture is eco-friendly:
- Recycling old furniture prevents the need for new material to be created and harvested from forests – your old furniture will end up getting scrapped and reused instead.
- Recycling old furniture prevents all of the parts of your couches, chairs, tables and beds from ending up in a landfill. If materials like cotton, wood and foam end up in a landfill they can decompose and release harmful chemicals and greenhouse gases into our atmosphere.
- Recycling old furniture will end up saving precious energy – the amount of power necessary to recycle your old furniture is less than what it takes to build something from scratch.
So how do actually go about recycling your furniture? Here are a few ways:
- Break the furniture apart yourself and reuse parts for other projects around the house. The wood from a table could be re-purposed for a building a new cupboard, and the upholstery from a couch could be used for designing new drapes.
- Break the furniture apart yourself and drop it off at the proper recycling centers. There are recycling centers around the country that accept various materials to be reused. Just make sure you find the right center for the right materials.
- Call in some furniture removal specialists who offer a recycling program. Junk King, the best in old furniture removal and pick up, also makes sure that old furniture ends up where it can be reused responsibly.