Five ways to properly dispose of old furniture | Goondiwindi Argus

When moving or upgrading your existing belongings, it’s common to end up with unwanted furniture. But what to do with it?

Here are five ways to carefully and thoroughly dispose of your old furniture.

1. Sell it. Whether at a school flea market or through an online marketplace, there are several ways you can make money off of your old furniture. Take some good quality pictures of your unwanted items and promote them through Gumtree, Trading Post, or eBay. If you have a Facebook account, Marketplace is another great option.

If you don’t mind waiting until the end of the year to sell unwanted merchandise, take the Garage Sale Trail for Australia’s biggest weekend flea market.

2. Donate it to charity. Depending on the condition of your old furniture, you might consider donating if you can’t find a buyer. Various nonprofits and charities will be happy to take your unused furniture to sell to those who need it most. Depending on your location, some organizations may collect unwanted furniture for free. If not, contact the organization for information on where to drop off unwanted furniture. If you’d like to donate non-furniture items to charity, check out this Smoothmoves post on how to donate unwanted items in Australia.

3. Give it away. An alternative to donating old furniture is giving it away. Freecycle is an online nonprofit organization where users can post items they no longer need in addition to requesting things they need. Freecycle consists of more than 5000 local city groups with over nine million members worldwide and can breathe new life into your furniture.

4. Recycle it. Not everything can be sold, stored, or reused. But before you start throwing things away, it’s a good idea to recycle old furniture. PlanetArk hosts a convenient portal for finding recycling near you for residential and commercial units.

If you want everything to be done for you, consider hiring a removal worker to remove unwanted furniture.

5. Throw it away. In Australia, waste collection is organized by local councils across the country and can be organized at any time.

Some municipalities have a transfer point where you can drop off your furniture that is no longer needed (inquire with your municipality about possible fees), while other municipalities regularly offer a free disposal service (a disposal fee may apply for individual collection services.

While one man’s trash is someone else’s treasure, and you may find that some items are being taken away prior to collection, be sure to double-check the collection dates as fines will apply for illegal disposal.

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