Recycling household furniture is easier than ever to do in the UK. You no longer have to take the items down to the landfill or regional waste dump to dispose of them in a non-environmental-friendly way.
Here are 5 excellent reasons why you might want to recycle your household furniture.
1. Turn Old Furniture into New Woodland
Household furniture that no longer has a purpose and is cluttering up the interior is not easy to dispose of. But when you enlist the help of environmentally friendly rubbish removal experts at Enviro Waste, they can come to pick it up for a fee.
Enviro Waste converts over 90 percent of collected items into recycled materials for re-use in different ways. The company also has a generous scheme in conjunction with the Woodland Trust to replant thousands of trees through their sponsorship programme. That’s a win-win.
2. Donate to a Worthy Cause
If you’ve thought of recycling by getting the sofa collected, there are charity shops that might be interested in taking your sofa or armchair off your hands. A good chest of drawers, tables, wardrobes and other assorted furniture are always useful for charitable purposes as well. They may be donated to hospices for their use where they’re far less fussy about any fashion statement the upholstery design will make with residents.
Or, charity shops will sell the items and use the proceeds to support their worthy causes. Some shops can arrange free collection of the items because they have delivery vans that regularly make trips around town for any scheduled pick-ups.
3. Remove Furniture That’s Unsafe
Older furniture doesn’t necessarily adhere to the same safety standards as modern pieces. For instance, foam or fibre fills with sofas may not be non-flammable or, at least, not to the current required standards. By recycling the current furniture at the end of its useful life and replacing it with a new model, your home becomes a safer place to live in.
Fire hazards associated with old sofas are a major issue for the Fire Brigade who often have to deal with residential fires that have gotten out of control due to too many highly flammable materials in the home, unbeknownst to the owners.
4. De-Clutter Your Home
When you’ve lived in a home too long, you tend to accumulate all sorts of junk. Your junk may have had true meaning and purpose back when it was purchased, but at other times it’s just, well… junk! De-cluttering your home from top to bottom has a cathartic feel to it. Deciding what to remove, including old furniture that you stopped using years ago and is taking up space in the back of the garage or spare bedroom, is mentally freeing.
You don’t have to de-clutter your home all at the same time. That can be too overwhelming! Pick a room – or a garage – and stay in on a quiet Sunday. We’d suggest spinning up some music or listening to a podcast on your smartphone while you busy yourself with clearing space. When you’re finally done, the feeling of clutter-free areas to walk around unimpeded is wonderful.
5. Get Rid of Household Items That Don’t Offer Support
We tolerate things longer than we should. This includes bed mattresses with several springs poking through and sloping armchairs that no longer support our weight properly. When the support systems have finally given up the ghost, what you’re sitting on or lying on quickly becomes uncomfortable. Eventually, things like this cause you to sleep or sit at an awkward angle and could lead to problems for your back as your body tries to compensate. Try to make use of a mattress recycling service when you go to purchase a new one to benefit both you and the environment.
Whatever reason is motivating you to rid yourself of older household furniture, you’ll feel better once you’ve done it. Reclaiming the space or just giving yourself permission to be out with the old and in with the new is refreshing. And if you recycle, it will have that feel-good factor too.
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