During those long days of lockdowns and stay-at-home orders during the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people probably made a resolution that one of their first items of business, once the economy reopened, would be to invest in new furniture for their home. Even today, the amount of time that we are collectively spending in our homes is much higher than it was in the pre-pandemic world. As people continue to work from home, study remotely, or simply spend more time inside, investing in quality furniture is a great way to make your home more comfortable, inviting, and relaxing.
But what exactly happens to all of those old couches, beds, cabinets, chairs, chests, clocks, desks, tables, and other furniture items that we toss out? In this short article, we take a look at how the furniture industry in California is one of the fastest-growing segments of the economy. We then look at some of the negative consequences that come with improperly disposing of used furniture items. Finally, we explain why hiring Junk King of Inland Empire is the easiest and most environmentally friendly for people in Chino, California to get rid of all your used furniture items.
The Economic Boom of Furniture Sales in California
There is an estimated 4,321 furniture stores throughout the state of California. Though the market is dominated by large industry giants such as IKEA, there are also several smaller companies that specialize in selling household furniture, office furniture, and outdoor furniture pieces. According to one recent report, the combined revenue from all furniture stores in California is projected to grow to over $8 billion U.S. Dollars by 2024. This is almost double the combined revenue from 2012.
Though part of this growth in revenue is driven by higher prices and more population, the average consumer is also purchasing furniture and home furnishing items more frequently. On a nationwide level, the average expenditure per consumer on furniture amounted to around $534.17 U.S. dollars. More affluent households almost doubled that amount, with an average annual expenditure amounting to $1,092 U.S. dollars in 2019.
The Environmental Impact of Furniture We Throw Away
These impressive growth statistics might be seen as good news for the furniture industry. However, consumer spending on new beds, mattresses, couches, chairs, and other common pieces of furniture also means that we are throwing away our old furniture in record numbers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that the total amount of furniture and furnishings taken to a landfill rose from 7.6 million tons in 2005 to 9.69 million tons in 2015. Unfortunately, the amount of furniture we send to the landfill is increasing year by year.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans throw away an astounding 12.2 million tons of furniture waste each year! Furthermore, an estimated 80 percent of that furniture waste eventually ends up in landfills around the country, even though the vast majority of furniture items and materials are recyclable. Furniture waste statistics do not even include rugs, which amounted to a further 3.4 million tons of waste in 2017. Also, around 690,000 mattresses are sold each month in the United States. Most of those mattresses are meant to replace another older mattress that is eventually sent to a landfill.
For residents, homeowners, and businesses in the Chino, Chino Hills, and other parts of the Inland Empire, whatever furniture we throw away (along with the over 17,000 tons of waste collected weekly in the Inland Empire by Waste Management) most likely ends up in the El Sobrante Landfill. This massive landfill has a capacity to process up to 70,000 tons of waste per week, and it has grown to 468 acres and 1,832 feet high.
One way to drastically reduce the amount of furniture waste ending up in our local landfill is to either donate or recycle the used furniture items we throw away. Junk King of Inland Empire offers the most efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly way to help you get rid of your old furniture items.
Why Hire Junk King of Inland Empire for your Furniture Disposal Needs
Here at Junk King of Inland Empire, we believe that junk removal companies need should take seriously their commitment to reducing the amount of waste that is sent to the dump. For that reason, we are proud to be able to say that we recycle, donate, or repurpose around 60 percent of the junk that we pick up, and we are always looking for strategies to improve that number. In the specific case of used furniture, we always look for ways to keep those items out of the local landfill.
After several years of operation, Junk King of Inland Empire has developed close relationships with dozens of recycling centers, thrift stores, non-profit organizations, and other interested parties to make sure that all your used furniture items are given every opportunity to be donated or recycled.
Along with your used furniture items, we can also help our residential and commercial clients get rid of regular trash, construction debris, household junk, yard waste, small and medium-sized appliances, e-waste, furniture, and virtually anything that is not classified as toxic waste in an environmentally friendly manner.
Also, when you hire Junk King of Inland Empire for your furniture disposal needs, you can also rest assured that you will know exactly how much our junk removal service costs. We believe in full transparency and are one of the few junk removal companies that offers free, on-site estimates. You can also call us for a free quotation or send us a text with photos of the items you need removed. We´ll send you a free quote so that you can determine if our services are within your budget.
Here at Junk King, we also believe in providing top-notch customer service so that getting rid of your old and used furniture items in an eco-friendly way is as efficient and effortless as possible. Besides offering the most competitive furniture removal prices on the market, we are also proud to say that our customer service is second to none. We have a 5-star rating on Yelp and we can also guarantee to beat any written estimate.
Simply call us at 1-888-5865(JUNK) or consider booking us online here. Our Junk King team will call you 15-30 minutes before your scheduled pick up, offer up-front pricing, and we will also do all the heavy lifting and hauling for you. You simply have to let us know what you want removed and where it is located in your home or business.
In this day and age of global pandemics, we also understand that not everyone will feel comfortable letting strangers into their home. For this reason, we also offer a “no-contact service.” Simply place the used furniture you want removed somewhere visible outside your home, and let us know when it is ready to pick up. We´ll haul away your used furniture without ever entering your home.
Junk King of Inland Empire offers the most reliable, efficient, affordable, and environmentally friendly furniture disposal service for residents and business owners in Inland Empire and other areas across San Bernardino County. We are the pioneers of recycling-based junk removal and can help you reduce your environmental footprint by ensuring that your junk gets every opportunity to be recycled, upcycled, or donated. Give us a call at 1-888-888-JUNK, or book online today!