Learn more about Sofa Removal in London
One of the easiest and most environmentally friendly solutions for sofa removal is to use a professional waste clearance company in London. A waste company usually provides a safe, efficient, and eco-friendly sofa removal service so you do not have to worry about having to lift, dismantle, or transport your old sofa, the service includes sofa collection directly from your home or office in London. All you have to do is arrange for the sofa collection at your preferred time and date, and the waste clearance company will send out sofa removal professionals who will do all the heavy lifting for you and transport your old sofa to its a waste transfer facility in London, to be recycled in an environmentally safe way, or reused, if your sofa is still in a very good condition by working with a charity. This means that by using a professional sofa removal service, you have successfully adopted the waste hierarchy and reduces your sofa’s environmental impact, applying the waste hierarchy where it is economically viable to do so is a legal requirement.
In London mainly due to its size, you cannot throw out your old sofa with the rest of your weekly rubbish to be collected by the council, sofa collections carried out by London’s local council tends to take weeks to organize, not to mention you need to do all the heavy lifting by yourself to get it out of your property. Taking it to your local council’s household waste and recycling center can be time-consuming and you will need to have a car or van that is big enough to fit your bulky sofa. Of course, you can dismantle the sofa yourself to fit it into your car but dismantling a sofa can be challenging.
Reduce and reuse involves initiatives to extend the life of your sofa through repairing, cleaning, or reusing it wherever possible. A London waste company that takes environmental and social concerns seriously will try to donate your old sofa if it is still in a very good shape (meaning there is little to no wear and tear in your sofa).
If your sofa cannot be reused, the waste clearance company will move on to the next stage of the waste hierarchy, which is to see if it can be recycled. Sofa recycling can be difficult and complicated. In some cases, it may even cost more to do sofa recycling than to send it to landfill. Therefore, choosing the right waste clearance company is vital. You need to make sure that the company you choose can perform proper sofa recycling.
Sofa recycling can be challenging due to the variation of materials and components contained in it. Some of the materials found in a sofa include fabric or leather covers, wooden frames, metal springs, Velcro cover fixings, metal staples, plastic webbing, foam filling/padding, and wheels. Taking these materials apart by hand is currently not commercially viable as it is very labour intensive. In many cases, sofa recycling uses expensive machinery to shred, separate, and sort each material. Sofas typically generate residual waste that cannot be separated into specific waste streams. The residual waste is usually turned into resource derived fuel or sent for incineration.
While it may not be easy to recycle a sofa, waste clearance companies offering sofa removal service usually work with a specialist recycling plant. Therefore, they can offer sofa recycling as part of their sofa removal service.
While using a sofa removal service, you need to remember to carry out your Duty of Care. There are plenty of unlicensed waste removal companies out there who are not licensed to carry your waste and could possibly fly tip it. If your sofa is found to be fly-tipped or not disposed of properly, you can receive a fine up to £5,000 and even a criminal conviction. Here are some things you can do to ensure that the waste clearance company you work with is reliable:
• Ask where the sofa is going before sofa collection is arranged, make sure the sofa is either recycled or reused (donated)
• Ask for all of the necessary paperwork, such as a Waste Transfer Note
• Make sure that the waste clearance company is licensed by the Environment Agency for their work
• Check online reviews and previous client’s testimonials.
By doing this, you can be sure that the waste clearance company you use is compliant with the relevant law and will do their best to ensure that your sofa ends up in the right place: either donated or recycled.