two men lifting and moving a sofa into a van

Getting rid of bulky items like sofas can be tricky, especially if you don’t have the equipment or the time to do so yourself. What’s more, knowing how to dispose of furniture in an environmentally friendly manner is hard considering the default options for many people are either hiring a skip or taking items to landfill, but there are other ways you can get rid of a sofa and other bulky furniture items. 

Upcycle/Refurbish Your Furniture

First, it’s worth looking at why you’re throwing out your bulky furniture. As an example, if you are looking to get rid of a sofa, ask yourself why. Is it because your sofa no longer matches your interior design style, or is it because you need something bigger/smaller? Depending on the answer to this question, consider whether you could potentially recycle the item to fit your new requirements. Re-upholstering is a viable option and can completely overhaul the look of your sofa without the need for you to buy something completely new. 

Donate to Charity 

In the event you can’t salvage your sofa to suit your needs or taste, the next best option is to give it to charity so that someone else can enjoy it. This is both a socially and environmentally friendly solution, but you need to bear in mind that as per the 1988 British Fire Safety Regulation legislation, all upholstered furniture should be sold with a fire label. If your sofa doesn’t have a fire label, charity shops may be unable to accept it because they won’t be able to sell it. 

Give to a Person in Need

Another option is to give your sofa or old furniture to someone in need. You could ask around at work or in your friend/family circles to see if anyone is moving or is looking for some furniture. Not only will you be helping them out, but you will also solve your furniture problem. 

Furniture Collection Service 

If none of the options listed above are viable for you, you can hire Central Junk to remove your furniture for you. We provide an environmentally friendly, convenient rubbish removal service across London. Our team are well versed on how to dispose of furniture in London in the most sustainable way and we always aim to divert items from landfill sites where possible.

The UK throws out more than 1.6 million tonnes of bulky waste every year, 42% of which is furniture. It’s thought that over half of the furniture that is thrown out and sent to landfill could be re-used either immediately or after minor repairs, meaning that tonnes of perfectly good furniture is going to waste every year when someone else could get a fresh lease of life out of it. 

How to Get Rid of a Sofa in London

In large cities like London, the most convenient option is often sending furniture like sofas to landfill, but Central Junk can help. No matter where you’re located in the city – be it in a high-rise flat in the centre of the city or a terraced house in the Greater London area, we can help.

Our team will pick up your furniture and assess its condition. If it has fire safety tags or is in good condition, we will donate it. Otherwise, we will recycle what we can and avoid contributing to the millions of tonnes of landfill waste where possible. 

Book a furniture removal in London

If you are based in London and are looking for an environmentally-friendly solution to get rid of your sofa or bulky furniture, get in touch or request a quote. You can book a removal slot online for everything from domestic waste to outdoor/garden waste. We will even dismantle your items for you so you don’t have to lift a finger, and you can rest assured that we dispose of your waste responsibly.