Couch to go

We’ve all been there. 

You just bought a new couch, and it looks amazing. It’s soft, clean, and untouched. Your old one is still sitting there, now looking very sad. 

A few years ago it looked amazing too, but years of abuse are showing now. Cats have scratched it, dogs have sat on it, kids have spilled their food on it, and endless seasons of television shows were watched on it. 

It’s time to let it go, but you’re just not sure what to do with it.

Here’s what you should NOT be doing with it:

Leave it in the alley
It sounds like a good idea at first, but please don’t do it. Take a stroll through any back alley in the city, and you’ll find countless sad looking pieces of furniture sitting there. Trust me, nobody is going to grab it. It might work with your empty bottles or a $20 bill, but old bulky furniture stays where you put it. Rain and snow will only make it look worse. After looking at it for few weeks, you’ll be back to square one – trying to figure out what to do with it.

Burn it
While burning off excessive wood on your farm is usual business, burning off furniture or other household items isn’t the best way to go, since furniture these days is full of chemically produced materials. When you burn it, who knows what you’re releasing into our atmosphere. That couch might do more harm to the environment than, say, ten Volkswagen vehicles (too soon?).

Put it outside with a FREE sign
This also sounds like a good idea at first. Look, this couch is still useable, sorta! Well, it’s not. You’re just taking an easy route. After all, it’s garbage to you, why do you think someone else would want it? After a rainy day or two, it will turn into a completely unusable piece of garbage right outside of your house. Chances are it will get picked up by a city crew at your own expense.

Bury it
Burying items used to be a way to go when I was a child. Thousands of years from now, future archeologists will have a blast digging up what my family buried long time ago, from old bicycles and buckets to rusty tools and kitchen chairs. Sure, you might benefit archeology in this way, but just think about it - burying anything requires a tremendous amount of effort, and I think alternatives are simpler in today’s world.

There are much easier ways to get rid of unwanted items

Stop by a charity and see if they’ll take it. They can even pick it up from your house to save you a trip.

Place an ad in the free section of Castanet.

Ask your friends or family if they’re in need of this particular item. You might even score a pizza for it.

Use it for target practice . . . no wait, scratch that.

Call a professional junk removal company, we’ll take care of you.

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About the Author

Yoree Grozenok owns and operates 1-800-GOT-JUNK? in Kelowna, part of world's largest junk removal company. Years of operating this great business has given him wealth of knowledge and experience in recycling.

While other companies think of recycling as a 'nice thing to do', Yoree Grozenok built his business with recycling in mind from the very beginning. Not only is every effort made to recycle obvious items like scrap metal or cardboard, but the goal is set to recycle up to 80% of items picked up. They also recycle through donating items to charities or Kelowna Food Bank. All recycling efforts are tracked and publicly available for greater accountability.

Yoree Grozenok also started an annual eWaste recycling event that takes place each April in an effort to divert electronic waste going to the landfill. This drive give residents a chance to recycle their televisions, computers, and other electronic junk.

1-800-GOT-JUNK? was nominated for Green Business award through SIFE Okanagan.

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Website: www.1800gotjunk.com

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