Sofa and Armchair Disposal
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Did you know that in the UK, we throw away over 300,000 tonnes of reusable furniture each year? To put that into perspective, waste furniture – such as sofas, chairs, and other living-room staples – make up nearly 50% of all bulky kerbside waste collections that are sent to landfill.
The most astonishing thing is that most furniture is manufactured from entirely recyclable components. In many cases, furniture doesn’t even need to be sent to landfills – there are loads of opportunities where sofas can be repurposed, upcycled, or donated to those in need.
Below we list some common questions and answers, we have also published a full guide on sofa disposal
Sustainable and responsible waste collection helps to protect the environment. It reduces the need to process raw materials needed to make furniture, results in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and helps foster a better future for us all.
At Divert, we’re experts in finding eco-friendly alternatives to simply ditching end-of-lifecycle sofas in landfills. When you scrap your sofa with us, it won’t end up in a skip or dump – instead, we literally divert it.
Depending on the age and style of your sofa, it may contain wood, metal, foam, natural textiles, or synthetic compounds. Most of these are recyclable:
Research suggests that in the UK, sofas take up more than 15 million cubic metres of landfill space every year – enough to fill Wembley Stadium at least four times. While the exact number of sofas that end up in landfill sites each year is unknown, sofas are known to be the worst culprit when it comes to “bulky” waste taking up space.
The average sofa lasts somewhere between seven and 15 years. Sofas generally need replacing when the seats begin to sag, or if the frame breaks down and the structure can no longer support you comfortably.
However, many people discard old sofas for aesthetic reasons – keeping up with the latest domestic fashion trends can mean scrapping an otherwise perfectly good sofa. Spillages, stains, and marks are also responsible for early sofa replacement – anybody with pets or children will understand this!
No matter what your reason is for getting rid of your existing sofa, the good news is that you don’t need to feel guilty about wastefully sending it to a landfill. Gone are the days of simply scrapping your sofa at the local rubbish dump – instead, there are lots of eco-friendly ways in which your sofa could be put to good use, and the team at Divert are here to help you make the most of your old furniture. Allow our sofa recycling experts to point you in the right direction.
If your sofa is in perfect or near-perfect condition, you could always do your bit for a local charity by donating it. There are hundreds of charities across the UK that sell used and donated furniture to raise funds for good causes.
In many cases, you’ll even be able to arrange for the charity’s removal team to take your sofa off your hands for free. Alternatively, you could use Divert to arrange a collection for you. It’s a convenient way to offload your furniture to a new home while doing your bit for a worthwhile cause.
It’s impossible to turn on the television or open a home-living magazine these days without encountering the term “upcycling”. It’s the fashionable new term for repurposing old furniture, bringing it up to date, and giving it a whole new context.
It’s also a lucrative market. In the UK, it is estimated that upcycling accounts for anywhere between 5% and 20% of the craft industry, which is worth £3 billion a year.
If you decide to upcycle your old sofa, there are several options you can take. If you’re feeling creative, you might want to attempt upcycling yourself. This can be hugely rewarding and therapeutic, even if you don’t intend on making huge amounts of money from your handiwork.
Alternatively, you could agree to give your old sofa to a professional craftsperson to upcycle and agree to split the profits. Whatever you decide, you can always use Divert to transport your sofa to its new home.
As the old saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Just because you no longer need your old sofa, it doesn’t mean somebody nearby can’t make good use of it. Why not advertise your sofa on social media as “free to a good home” on local freecycling groups? This way, you can ensure you’re doing your bit for sustainability and the local community.
It’s amazing what some new cushions, new material, or new foam inserts can do. If your sofa is looking a little worn or no longer feeling as comfortable as it once did, it doesn’t mean you have to discard it. With a little TLC, it could be good as new – and you could even save money by doing so.