Getting Rid of a Furniture? Here's the Right Way to Do It

Do you know the right way to get rid of old furniture? Eyewitness News has some suggestions for you.  Do you know the right way to get rid of old furniture? Eyewitness News has some suggestions for you.  |  Photo: WDIO

November 29, 2017 12:35 AM

A concerned citizen on Tuesday contacted Eyewitness News about the wrong ways people are trying to get rid of their furniture.

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Gene Fremling spotted two box springs, two mattresses, and a sectional sofa located on 13th Street and 25th Avenue in Lincoln Park. In addition to these items, Fremling told Eyewitness News, he had previously seen other small items such as vacuum cleaners on the side of the road.

While hoping to catch whoever dumped these items, many people seem to not know how to go about getting rid of their old furniture.

Throwing away your furniture on the side of the road is actually a crime, and can cost up to $1,000 in fines. So if you do not want to spend that much, here are a few ways to get rid of those old furniture:

Free Pickup When Buying A New Furniture
The easiest way to get rid of a furniture or an old mattress is to check with the company you are purchasing the new item from if they pick up the old one. Some stores will offer to take out the old mattress you own when they are delivering the new one.

Disposing it, The Right Way
The other option is actually getting rid of it yourself. There are several facilities in the Northland that will help you dispose your old mattress or furniture. WLSSD’s Materials Recovery Center is one of those centers. This center is a self-service center. When getting rid of items, workers on site will examine each item and calculate how much to be paid, or if nothing will be paid at all.

No-Cost Items
Some items that are free to get rid of include household recyclables, scrap metals, food waste in compostable bags, and wood ashes.

Items You Have to Pay For
Other items that can't be reused cost $10 to dispose. Those include furniture, bikes, yard equipment, and small engines. Dry mattresses cost $10 to dispose, and $12 for wet ones.

Did You Know: Recycling Your Items Properly Create Jobs?
Getting rid of your old mattress does not only bring peace to you, but also put food on someone else's table. Duluth is home to Minnesota’s first mattress recycling/processing operation.

Goodwill Duluth is a recycle company that takes care of old household items. The Goodwill facility is Duluth recycles about 1,300 mattresses each month. The company creates employment by hiring people to help further process disposed items.

Goodwill partners with counties, furniture retailers and several other institutions to deconstruct and recycle their mattresses for them.

Goodwill however doesn't accept mattresses from the public, but does partner with the Materials Recovery Center and other locations, where individuals can dispose of their mattresses for a fee.


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