How Do I Get Rid of Old Furniture in Southampton?
If you’ve recently bought new furniture, chances are you now need to get rid of old items including sofas, chairs, tables and whatever else it might be. We’re very lucky locally as there are many ways you can get rid of old furniture in Southampton, all of which are environmentally friendly!
Before you read our tips, please be wary of unlicensed man and van services who offer to remove your old furniture in Southampton. There has been a spate of fly-tipping incidents in the New Forest recently.
If the furniture 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 Southampton
Below are all the options you have for disposing of bulky items in the Southampton and Hampshire areas.
1. Get Zero Waste to collect it who can donate or recycle it for you
As a fully licensed and insured waste transfer company, we can take any old furniture you no longer need and dispose it. Furniture that can still be used will be donated to local Southampton or Hampshire 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.
To find out more and book a collection of your old furniture, please click here.
2. Get Southampton City Council to collect it
Southampton City Council offer a bulky waste collection service for those classed as resident households, and not businesses. They will collect sofas, but will refuse to do so, if it has become wet and too heavy to lift.
However, this is not a free service. A table with 6 chairs is estimated to cost £80 for them to dispose of. They do offer discounts for those claiming benefits.
We do not know what environmentally friendly measures Southampton City Council practise but have to assume that recycling takes place.
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 Southampton 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 Southampton charity
Charities all over Southampton want your old furniture donated. At Zero Waste we already work with some of them including Scratch.
Scratch provides services to help relieve the effects of hardship, disadvantage and poverty for individuals and families living in Southampton and the surrounding areas. They are often looking for furniture to pass on to people in need.
You will also find local charity shops that take unwanted and old furniture on most of the high streets in Southampton.
5. Recycle or “Upcycle” it into something new
Find out if there is a local recycling centre near you. Here’s one in the city.
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 Southampton area.