Recycle - your old sofa
If your sofa is beyond repair, and you feel it's not fit for anyone else then think green; consider recycling.
Every year 50,000 tonnes of household furniture is sent to landfill sites across the country-the equivalent of burying over 3000 double-decker buses. You could help to reduce this figure by choosing a greener option: environmentally friendly disposal.
Environmentally friendly disposal reduces the amount of furniture needlessly sent to landfills and the materials recycled actually help to create new furniture. Many local councils have partnered with social enterprises and local charities who specialise in environmentally friendly disposal of furniture.
Organisations such as Domestic Bulky Waste Clearance and Bulky Matters help you to reduce your carbon footprint by providing an alternative to landfill through furniture de-manufacture.
Recycling saves energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change. Current UK recycling is estimated to save more than 18m tonnes of C02 a year - the equivalent of taking 5 million cars off the road.
Bulky Matters is one such innovative partnership between Lancaster City Council and the local recycling and re-use charity, Furniture Matters. They work to transform the district's bulky waste into a valuable resource.
Prior to June 2006 Lancaster City Council used to complete all their bulky collections from local households at weekends, with refuse operatives collecting and compacting all items and taking them straight to landfill - regardless of whether they were potentially re-usable or recyclable. Residents were required to place their unwanted items outside their property, and often had to wait up to four weeks before the items were collected.
Bulky Matters changed all that. Now residents can book an appointment to have unwanted items collected, which is guaranteed to be within 7 working days. Bulky Matters will also collect from inside the home meaning items won't get damaged by the weather or through potential vandalism, therefore being more likely to be re-usable. Items that are'nt re-usable are de-manufactured into recyclable and non-recyclable parts.
Contact your local council to find your nearest Recycling centre or organisation such as Bulky Matters.
To "De-manufacture" is the process of breaking down furniture & equipment that is no longer fit to be re-used in its original form. De-manufacturing reduces the product in preparation for our re-cycling of the raw materials. For example, a metal-framed desk or workstation would undergo the following process:
- All screws and fixings removed and re-used where possible.
- Plastic components, such as cable trays, covers and risers are sent for plastic recycling.
- Steel or aluminium leg frames compact and sent for recycling.
- Wood surfaces and panels stripped of PVC edgings or reinforcements. The plastic is processed ready for recycling and the wood panels chipped and pulped in preparation for wood fibre recycling.