I recently read an article by gardening guru, Alan Titchmarsh, which asked us to think before we throw garden rubbish away.
This got me thinking about recycling garden furniture. If people are shopping with us, then there’s a good chance they’ve got an old set they need to dispose of?
The size of garden furniture generally means that most of us will put it in a skip or take it to our local recycling centre. There it will be placed on the relevant pile depending on if its made from wood, metal etc.
However, the problem. And this applies to all garden waste not just garden furniture. Our landfill sites are filling up. And filling up fast!
If the work is part of a new patio for example, and you have the builders in, you might be tempted to just let them dispose of it. They will have to pay to get rid of that rubbish though, potentially bumping your costs up.
But do we have any other options when it comes to recycling garden furniture?
It could be repurposed, fixed up and made like new? If it is still in a useable condition, you could sell it on the likes of eBay and Shpock?
I’m always amazed at what people will buy. I’ve sold everything from old sinks, used paving slabs, even an old front door complete with peeling paint.
As for the charity option, the Furniture Re-use Network is a great place to start. It’ll help you find the organisations that will take furniture in your local area.
According to the FRN, 10 million household items are sent to landfill every year? 3 million of these items could be re-used by people in crisis.
They support over 200 re-use charities helping them to reach vulnerable people in crisis, whilst reducing waste at the same time. Maybe those old wicker garden chairs you’re thinking of skipping could be cleaned up and re-used?
A local charity will be more than happy to take any unwanted furniture, and this is a win win all round.
I’ve not used them myself, but if you’ve got stuff you don’t need, then they’ll help you find someone who does need it. It’s completely free too. A bit like Tinder but for your unwanted stuff I suppose.
If you’re doing any type of home or garden improvements, you can’t help but create rubbish, and it is important we try and dispose of that waste in the right way.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure as the old saying goes. And just because that old wooden garden bench can’t be used as a seat anymore. Could the salvageable wood be sanded down and used for something else?
And even if that’s not you, ask around…
Post on social media, get your friends to share. I sold an old rusty gas BBQ in less than 1 hour via Facebook. It worked fine, just didn’t look too pretty, and I couldn’t be bothered to take it with us when we recently moved. Friend of friend was happy to clean it up, give it a fresh coat of paint.
Same goes for garden furniture if you’re creatively inclined. You wouldn’t believe the difference a lick of paint/wood stain can make to a piece of metal or timber garden furniture.
The elements can make the surface of many materials look like they’re only fit for landfill, but a little TLC can save them, bring them back to life.
If they’re too far gone to save, then take them to your nearest recycling centre. You can contact the local council to see if they offer a collection service if they are too big for or you don’t to put them in the car.
For around the £10/15 mark they will come and pick items up from the front of your property. Every council is different though, so you’ll need to contact them for more details.
RecycleNow’s website also has some great tips. Use their ‘Where can I recycle?’ button to find your nearest recycling centre that’ll take old garden furniture.
In this day and age it really pays for us to give a little more thought to recycling garden furniture!