5 Ways To Recycle Garden Furniture

Posted by admin on May 21, 2019 under Uncategorized

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Are you wondering how to get rid of old furniture that is looking tired, broken or is no longer fit for its intended purpose? Recycling garden furniture doesn’t have to be stressful. We have five simple eco-friendly solutions for disposing of your unwanted garden furniture.

1) Sell the furniture

Even if your garden furniture isn’t in perfect condition or functional, these items can still sell. Simply mark down the price. This way, you receive a little extra cash toward your new furnishings and avoid fees associated with dropping the large items off elsewhere! You will be surprised at what people buy online and through apps. You can even try restoring your old garden furniture to increase the resale value.

Great places to sell your unwanted garden furniture:

  • Facebook marketplace
  • Local social media buying/selling groups
  • Ebay
  • Gumtree
  • Shpock

2) Give the furniture to a friend

Before donating your garden furniture elsewhere, why not offer the items to your friends? This is a great option if your outdoor items are still in good condition. For instance, if you are upgrading your furniture to fit a new theme or are relocating to a home with a smaller garden. After all, isn’t reusing just as important as recycling garden furniture?

3) Request a local charity to pick it up

Many charities offer a free collection service for old furniture. This is a great way to recycle garden furniture. However, they uphold specific requirements concerning what items will be accepted. For instance, charity shops will not take broken furniture or items that may not resell.

People have previously arranged collections only to find that their furniture does not meet the charity shop’s standards. As such, we recommend calling the individual shop if you have any doubt.

Charities that pick up old furniture:

  1. British Heart Foundation
  2. Sue Ryder
  3. British Red Cross
  4. Thames Hospice
  5. YMCA

4) Go to the local recycling centre or think outside the box!

Probably the most popular option is to take your unused, broken or unwanted items to a recycling centre. Yet, we strongly encourage you to only do this if you cannot repurpose your furniture, donate or sell it elsewhere. The items will be organised by material to be recycled.  

However, due to high demand, landfills are filling up very quickly. As such, this is not the best option for recycling garden furniture. It may be better to choose a different option. Get creative. For instance, why not break down an old garden table and use it as firewood? You could transform a broken lounger into a wooden flower trough.

5) Avoid landfill – donate your garden furniture to people in need

There are centres which distribute old furniture to people in need or facing a crisis, Reuse Network is a good example of this service. Freegle pairs people who want to dispose of furniture (and other products) with individuals who are looking for those items. Finally, we suggest Freecycle, this service is for giving away things at no cost. However, you will need to make an account.

Make recycling garden furniture easy for the future

If you aren’t doing so already, investing in long-lasting garden furniture is a great way to be environmentally conscious. Buying furniture made from durable wood, such as teak, allows the items to be up-cycled in the future. As such, we recommend researching the quality of garden furniture before making any purchases.

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