How to Get Rid of Your Old Furniture

Figuring out how you want to deal with old furniture can be challenging. Whether you’re downsizing for a move, redecorating your home or facing property damage from a natural disaster (or pets), you’re probably wondering how you can get rid of old furniture efficiently and responsibly.

More oversized furniture items like couches and mattresses can be unwieldy and tricky to dispose of. And broken furniture and smaller junk pieces may not always fit in your trash.

If you’re navigating disposal options in Toronto, we’re here to help. In this article, we outline a few of the primary furniture disposal options, so you have an easy time getting rid of the junk. Let’s get into it!


Donating is a great way to find a new home for furniture you can’t use anymore. You can help other people while getting rid of furniture for free. Ensure that your items are free of rips, stains, odours and holes, so it’s useful to others. Do some research and track down local shelters, shops, charities, schools, churches and similar places to find those interested in your stuff. You can choose to drop it off or arrange for it to be picked up.


Why not make a little money off your old furniture, right? You have a couple of options when it comes to selling your stuff. The ideal items will be functional (and perhaps a little worn) but can be cleaned up a bit. An item with too many defects or signs of wear and tear will likely take some time to sell.

You can do this by making your sales online or in person. Take advantage of free community platforms like FaceBook Marketplace of Kijiji and list your items. Interested parties might negotiate and then come collect the items. However, be prepared to have your items sitting around for a bit, as it can be challenging to sell old and used furniture.

You can also hold a garage or yard sale to make money in person and instantly. Put up a few signs in your area alerting neighbours to your furniture sale. This is a quick way to get rid of unwanted clothes, appliances and clothing, in addition to more oversized furniture items.


All furniture items are made up of parts that can be recycled. You will need some time and tools for this one but break down your furniture into smaller pieces like foam, wood, glass and metal. You can then take these to a nearby recycling facility or a scrapyard.

This process does take time and requires a lot of effort on your part. Hiring junk disposal experts like Gorilla Bins is an excellent option because they will recycle for you. At Gorilla Bins, 100% of the junk we receive is recycled. For example, concrete is used for clean fill, clean wood is used for biomass energy, and paper and cardboard go to pulp mills. This way, you don’t have to go into the elaborate process of researching recycling methods – and our team will come to collect the items for easy recycling!

Dumpster Rental

One of the most efficient ways to get rid of old furniture in Toronto is to use a dumpster rental. This is great for those working with limited time, as junk removal companies will schedule drop off and pick-ups at your convenience. You also won’t have to run around trying to do a combination of selling, recycling or donating, not to mention keeping the furniture around in the hopes it will sell. Overall, a dumpster rental in Toronto is an effective and efficient use of resources like time, effort and money.

At Gorilla Bins, our disposal bin sizes range from 4 cubic yards to 40 cubic yards, so you only need to pay for the space you’ll use. Depending on the items you’re disposing of, you can opt for mixed waste bins or clean fill bins. Both bin types can be recycled.

This is ideal for those looking to dispose of heavy and bulky furniture like mattresses, couches and tables. Many neighbourhoods have rules about leaving furniture curbside, especially furniture with high contamination risks like mattresses and pillows. You’ll save on money driving to landfills or scrap yards trying to do the disposal yourself, not to mention time. The bins are super easy to load, so just dump all the junk in, and we haul it away.

Furniture disposal can be tricky due to the weight and size of the items. Plus, if you have multiple things to dispose of, it’s much more trouble. A dumpster rental is your best bet in Toronto, as you’ll have a smooth, responsible and efficient disposal process. Gorilla Bins make sure to recycle the items so that you can rest assured knowing you’re doing your part.

Simply pick a size that works for you, and we’ll drop it off at your doorstep. Fill it, and we’ll come to pick it up at your convenience. Getting rid of your old furniture is really that easy!

To learn more about hiring a dumpster rental in Toronto, call Gorilla Bins today at 905-230-1300 or contact us here.

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