If you’ve ever rented in a city, as many do here in Seattle, you’ve undoubtedly been exposed to an irresponsible neighbor who gracelessly dumps his on the curb with no concern whatever for what happens next.In Seattle, like in many other places, nothing happens next. The furniture
sits there to rot until someone calls waste management to schedule a special pickup that involve fees that will likely not
be paid by the polluter unless a complaint is lodged and evidence submitted.The easiest way to avoid this situation is to not be this person
and educate your ne’er-do-well neighbors on how to be as awesome as you are. Here are some tips for them:1. Sell it.
If it’s at all salvageable, you’d be surprised how many people probably want to pay you for that old chair. Craigslist
and apps like OfferUp
provide all kinds of opportunities for you to jettison old furniture for cash.2. Donate it.
The old saw that one man’s trash is another’s treasure has never been truer than it is today. If it’s not worthy of sale, there’s still a very good chance someone will take whatever it is for free.3. Refurbish it.
We’re living in a DIY world that’s supported by the largest (more or less) free resource in the history of civilization. You can literally type in “how to” anything and the Internet will show you how to do it. Example: Want to reupholster your couch? Here you go
.4. Report it.
Don’t reward bad behavior by turning a blind eye. All cities encourage you to report illegal dumping. Most waste management offices will have online forms you can use to report the problem and get it cleaned up.5. Research it.
Some communities – especially those near campus towns – have bulk trash days a few times a year when you can sit out almost anything and they’ll pick it up. This is a great service and it’s always good to mark it on your calendar if your city provides it.Once you get rid of what you don’t need you can start thinking about how you want to fill the empty space, which is definitely the fun part of this furniture process.