Green sofa clearance is a way of disposing of sofas so that there is minimal impact on the environment. Too many sofas land up on rubbish dumps or, worse, fly-tipped somewhere they shouldn’t be.
Why is this the case?
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Plenty of charities will take second-hand sofas. They can be used in shelters, for example, or sold in second-hand furniture shops to make money for a good cause and provide people with affordable furniture options. Other charities will also take second-hand sofas to set up people in new homes.
Fire safety labels needed for green sofa clearance
This is obviously best green sofa clearance option, but one issue can make the recycling of sofas in this way impossible. The fire safety label needs to be attached so that they can be sold or used by charities, which is why it is important never to cut this off. And if a sofa is particularly old—whatever its condition—then that label might never have existed in the first place. The Furniture and Furniture (Fire) (Safety) Regulations were introduced in 1988, meaning that all sofas must be sprayed with fire retardant chemicals and display a label to prove it.
According to a BBC article, sofas are the UK’s most purchased furniture item and they are replaced on average every 11 years. In 2014, the UK spent some £3.6 billion on sofas and other upholstered items but only about 17 percent of sofas are reused.
Matching sofa and chairs
If you want to dispose of your sofa responsibly or you are putting together a house clearance checklist, it is useful to know Just Clear offer a green sofa clearance service. Our tips for this include the fire safety label, obviously, and keeping all the cushions. What makes the sofa more attractive for recycling is for it to be part of a matching suite. Customers are more likely to want a matching sofa and armchairs.
Brendan O’Shea, Just Clear’s founder and managing director says: “It is a shame that so many old sofas end up on the scrap heap when they could be sold or used by others. We strongly believe in reusing and recycling before anything is sent to landfill, and that counts double when it comes to sofas and other bulky furniture.
“I’d like to reiterate the point about labels. Customers might feel they are unsightly as often they are placed under the cushion at the front so they flap out and get in the way, and people cut them off. But if you want to play your part in green sofa clearance, keep it on and your sofa can be used for years to come.”
If you’re looking for sofa disposal in London and beyond, look no further than Just Clear. We also offer services nationwide, including house clearance in Milton Keynes, Norwich, Nottingham and elsewhere.