Whether you’re planning a move, making room for new furniture, or you’ve simply decided to get rid of that floral-patterned 1970s couch, at some point you’re going to need to know how to dispose of bulky, awkward items.
Fortunately, Denverites have a ton of different options at their disposal (pun intended). This article won’t be a guide on how to get these things out of your home – you might need dollies, ropes, friends, and a hand axe for that. Rather, we’re going to tell you how to get furniture and other large items off your property – legally.
Extra trash day
Those of you who have lived in Denver for your whole lives might not realize that most other cities don’t have the luxury of an extra trash day.
Take advantage of the good things you have – on extra trash day, you can get up to 5 items of furniture picked up. The link above leads to the trash schedule page, so figure out when extra trash day is for your address, and plan accordingly.
Extra trash day has some limitations. You’ll note that some large items can’t be picked up on extra trash day. What’s more, things that you put out on extra trash day are thrown into the dump – not the most eco-friendly solution. Finally, the limit of 5 items means you might have some large items you can’t get rid of – and it can be a pain to wait an additional 8 weeks.
Fortunately, there are other options.
Recycle your large items
There are a variety of depots in Denver that will recycle large items for you – Denver Recycles has a list of these depots, so you can find which ones accept what items.
Recycling is a wonderful, green solution – the problem is that getting your furniture to the depot can seem like an impossible task. That’s where we come in. We offer bin rentals in Denver – we drop them off and pick them up. Let us know if you want to recycle what’s in the bins; we can do that for you. All you have to do is get the items into the bins – we take care of transportation!
Donate your furniture
Many charities offer pick-up for large item donations – just make sure that your old items are still in good enough condition that other folks would be interested in buying them. Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, and Vietnam Veterans of America may offer free pickups, even for larger items. Call them to see if your large items are eligible – it’s a great way of saving labor and giving back to your community.
Sell what you can
Put your items up on Craigslist, Facebook Buy/Sell groups, or wherever else you feel comfortable posting items for sale online. Even items that are pretty beat up can often get picked up by Craigslist users if you post them for free – that saves you the work of having to move your large items yourself.
Arrange for pickup with furniture stores
Some furniture stores will arrange to pick up your old furniture for free when you buy new furniture from them. Take advantage of those offers where you can find them!
Put it on the curb
When all else fails, you can always just throw large items at the edge of your property with a big sign that says “Free”. This is a last resort, and if it doesn’t work, we highly encourage you to consider one of our bin rentals.
We hope the solutions we’ve provided here have given you some good ideas about how to get rid of your large items. If you have other solutions in mind, get in touch with us – we’d love to give people as many options as possible.