Where Can I Dispose of My Sofa?

Getting a new sofa can be a very exciting time, however, what do you do with your old one? Due to the bulky nature of it, finding ways you can dispose of your old sofa is often a difficult task. As a result, we’re on hand to help identify the best ways to do it!


Can I take my sofa to the tip?

Your local council is required to offer disposal services which allow you to get rid of a range of items, and these usually come in the form of disposal centres or ‘tips’. These places accept all sorts of household waste, which includes bulky furniture (including your sofa). If you’re not sure where your local recycling centre is, you can use this useful location search tool.

However, taking your sofa to the tip can be difficult to do largely due to the size and weight of sofas – especially if you own a large L-shaped unit! Most places ask you to break down the piece of furniture before disposing of it to save some room which means having to remove all cushions, cut the wooden frame, and break it up into more manageable pieces.

Once broken down, transportation can be a tricky task. Unless you already own a large vehicle or van, you most likely will not be able to fit the whole unit in your car – this means either borrowing a car from a friend, or renting one. With some disposal centres banning the use of vans to drop off household waste, it’s always best to check with your local tip to see their requirements to save a wasted journey.

Can you put a sofa in a skip?

Another option for sofa disposal is hiring a skip. You are able to take your sofa from your home and place it in the skip, meaning you are able to get rid of a lot of waste in one go.

What to consider before ordering a skip

– Heavy lifting

Although someone will come out and deliver your skip, they won’t hang about to help you fill it. This means that you’ll be responsible for doing all of the heavy lifting which can be dangerous and inconvenient, especially trying to carry your sofa from your home and lifting it high enough to get it into your skip.

– Skip permits

Depending on the skip hire company you choose, some specify that you need to sort out your own permits to allow you to have a skip near your property. This can be a frustrating and even daunting task for some, so keep it in mind before deciding on what to do before removing your sofa.

– Capacity

You can choose from a range of different skip sizes but a sofa will take up a lot of room. It may even end up going over the fill line which may mean your skip won’t be taken away. Your best bet would be to break the sofa down into separate components to save space.

It is worth noting that if your sofa is the only thing you’re looking to get rid of, hiring a skip may not be the most practical or cost-effective option. It may be easier and cheaper to book a one-off sofa removal from a professional team to dispose of it instead.

We happen to be experienced in all aspects of furniture disposal and are widely regarded as the best rubbish removal company in London.