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How Do I Get Rid of Old Furniture in Portsmouth?


If you’ve recently bought new furniture for your home, then you may face a challenge in what to do with your old stuff, including getting rid of items including sofas, chairs, tables and whatever else it might be. Don’t despair though, as we’re fortunate that there are several ways in which you can get rid of old furniture in Portsmouth, all of which are environmentally friendly too!

But a word of warning before you read our tips on getting rid of old furniture… be wary of unlicensed man and van services who will say they can remove your old furniture in Portsmouth for a very low cost. Sadly there are reports of fly-tipping incidents in the Portsmouth area which can often be a result of not using licensed waste carrier such as Zero Waste Group.

If the furniture and rubbish is traced back to you, you could be held legally responsible for the offence. Fines can be as high as £50,000 or 12 months in prison.

How to get rid of old furniture in Portsmouth

Below are all the ways you can dispose of bulky items in the Portsmouth area. 

1. Get Zero Waste to collect it who can donate or recycle it for you

As a fully licensed and insured waste transfer company operating in Portsmouth, we can take any old furniture you no longer need and dispose it. Furniture that can still be used will be donated to local Portsmouth charities or recycled. 

If the old furniture is unusable, then it will be taken to a local waste centre and broken down. 92% of the waste will then be diverted away from landfill sites for recycling when we perform a local house clearance.

We cover all of Portsmouth including:

Alverstoke, Baffins, Bridgemary, Buckland, Clanfield, Copner, Cosham, Cowplain, Craneswater, Denmead, Drayton, Eastney, Emsworth, Fareham, Farlington, Fratton, Gosport, Hardway, Havant, Hayling Island, Hilsea, Horndean, Kingston, Landport, Lee-on-the-Solent, Milton, North End, Paulsgrove, Port Solent, Portsea, Portsmouth, Purbrook, Rowland’s Castle, Rudmore, Somerstown, Southbourne, Southsea, Spitbank Fort, Southwick, St Jude, St Thomas, Stamshaw, Stubbington, Tipner, Titchfield, Waterlooville, Westbourne, Whale Island, Whiteley, Whiteley, Wickham, Widley, Wymering, and more.

To find out more and get a quote to collect your old furniture, please click here

collecting old furniture in Portsmouth
Our friendly team will collect your old furniture no matter where you are in Portsmouth.

2. Get Portsmouth City Council to collect it

Portsmouth City Council offer a bulky waste collection service for those classed as resident households, and not businesses. They will collect sofas and mattresses, but will refuse to do if they are wet and too heavy to lift when waterlogged.

However, this is not a free service and prices can start at £30. For example, a large American style fridge freezer removal will cost £45. If you have a lot of rubbish, the cost can quickly stack up.

We do not know what environmentally friendly measures Portsmouth City Council have as policy, but have to believe that as much recycling takes place as possible.

3.  Sell it yourselves and save the money

If you have the time and inclination, and the old furniture can be reused, it could be possible to get a quick collection from someone in Portsmouth who wants to buy it.

We recommend the Facebook Marketplace for quick sales over a platform such as eBay which will take longer in most cases and charge you.

Only accept cash for your old furniture to avoid falling for any online scams. 

4. Donate it to a local Portsmouth charity

Charities all over Portsmouth want your old furniture donated. One excellent charity in Portsmouth is called Moving On. Here’s what they say about themselves.

“The Moving on Project Portsmouth (MOPP) is a local registered charity based in the heart of Portsmouth City. We are a group of people who come together, headed by Sarah Knight, because we know what it’s like to struggle. MOPP has always been run completely by volunteers, No one receives a wage for their work. Every single penny raised goes back into the project to enable us to help more people.”

You will also find local charity shops that take unwanted and old furniture on most of the high streets in Portsmouth.

5. Recycle or “Upcycle” it into something new

Find out if there is a local recycling centre near you.

Alternatively, you could embark on an upcycling project to turn your old furniture into something new and useful. 

At Zero Waste we’re not as creative as some are, so instead suggest you check out this blog which shows some amazing furniture upcycling projects

And that’s it; our 5 suggestions for getting rid of furniture in the Portsmouth area.

If you would like us to quote to remove any rubbish or old furniture from your home, please get in touch today or phone to chat to our office. We don’t just take household rubbish such as old furniture, but also garden furniture as part of our Portsmouth garden clearance service.

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