Many people in the UK have concerns about the environment and the economy – but the good news is that there’s something ordinary people can do to help enhance both.
A consultation by the Furniture Industry Research Association has found that there is significant untapped opportunity for the reuse and recycling of furniture. The research discovered that an incredible 1.6m tonnes of bulky waste is sent to landfill on a yearly basis in the UK – and a staggering 42% of that is furniture. Mattresses, sofas, wardrobes, chests of drawers… a huge amount of it is sent straight to landfill, yet the survey estimated that around 50% of that (300,000 tonnes) of it is judged to be in a reusable condition.
The steps that the public can take to reverse this worrying trend are simple. Instead of throwing out old furniture, look at ways in which it can be recycled or reused. ‘Upcycling’ is a big trend at the moment, with thousands of tutorials online on how to take old furniture and turn it into a style-savvy new piece that works within the modern home. Furniture can also be broken down for various different materials – many wardrobes and chests of drawers, for example, are made from wood. By breaking down the original unit and reconfiguring it, you could create a set of floating wall shelves, a shoe rack, a TV stand or a desk.
However, many people don’t feel confident enough in their own DIY skills to repurpose a piece of furniture in this way. That’s where Enviro Waste comes in. Our dedicated London furniture removal service not only removes the old furniture from your property – our team also help to divert it away from harmful landfill sites, making use of as many raw materials as we can in a bid to help the environment and enhance the circular economy.
We know that the biggest barrier for many residents is having the right transportation to dispose of a sofa, wardrobe or other huge item of furniture. Our furniture removal London service can show up at any address in the capital, residential or commercial, with a van ready to be loaded with your old and disused furniture. Bed frames, wardrobes, mattresses, armchairs, sofas, media centres – you name it, our furniture removals London team have removed it, reused it or recycled it at some point over the last few years.
If the public can get on board with the aim of diverting this furniture away from landfill, we could start to see some real benefits for the economy and the environment as a whole. The circular approach to goods is one which benefits all involved – and it’s never been easier to get involved. Give us a call to book a furniture removal appointment or get a free quote online.