What would you like to Recycle?

Furniture

Furniture
Furniture can be one of the most challenging things to recycle. Who hasn’t received an old couch from a relative that you really didn't want?  Finding a safe and easy way to re-purpose or dispose of unwanted items doesn't have to be difficult.  Many  of us have seen abandoned easy chairs and particle board desks rotting on neighbourhood boulevards or illegal dump sites in rural areas of our region. Whether you give it to family, offer it for sale or take it in for reupholstering, that old couch can have a life outside of the landfill.

Reduce | Reuse | Recycle | Facilities

How do I go green?

Reduce

To be easy on the earth, take care of your furniture so that it lasts; unwanted upholstered furniture can’t be recycled in the Capital Region, only reused. Do you really need that new loveseat? Could recovering an old arm chair give it the makeover it needs? Your best bet for green living is to cut consumption.

Reuse

Give that sofa a second life! Recover, refurbish or reclaim your furniture from decay with a coat of paint, new material or a second use in the playroom. Don’t have the time? Most of us know a student who needs to furnish their first apartment.  If it is in good shape, list it on Craigslist, Kijiji or Used Victoria.
Whatever you do, please do not put it out on the boulevard in hopes that someone will pick it up.  Dogs will pee on it, the rain will fall and in the end it costs a lot to have the municipalities take it to the landfill.

Recycle

Many thrift and second hand stores in the region will accept furniture by donation. Items should be clean, free of rips or tears and in working order. Most do not want upholstered furniture or beds.  Phone before going to ensure they can accept what you have. There are also a multitude of antique and furniture refinishing stores in town that may be interested in some items.
If the item is all plastic, all metal or all wood, or a mattress or box spring, there are recycling facilities that may accept it.  Go to PlasticMetalMattresses or Wood and phone before going to confirm that it would be accepted.

Facilities

  • Beacon Community Services Thrift Shop (Thrift Shop on Fourth)

    9760 Fourth Street
    Victoria
    250.656.6828

  • H.L. Disposal & Lawn Services Ltd.

    334 Hillside Ave
    Victoria
    250.381.2020

  • WIN Donation Centre

    555 Ardersier Road
    Victoria
    250.480.4006

  • The Environmental Story

    Older furniture tends to be made of real wood, cotton and wool padding and metal, making it long lasting and easier to recycle. Newer furniture can often be made of laminate and particle or press board, making it harder on the environment to produce and recycle.