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Avoid Fees & Save the Environment: Ultimate Guide on How to Dispose of Furniture in NYC

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Moving to a new home or renovating your current one often comes with the need to dispose of old furniture. However, responsible furniture disposal is crucial to ensure a clean and sustainable environment for everyone.

In this article, we’ll explore various options for disposing of furniture in NYC while adhering to local regulations and making eco-friendly choices.

Understanding Furniture Disposal Regulations in NYC

Before diving into disposal methods, it’s essential to understand the regulations governing furniture disposal in NYC. The city has specific guidelines and requirements to ensure responsible waste management. Visit the NYC311 website to access detailed information on how to dispose of furniture legally and avoid fines or penalties.

Screenshot of DSNY's Collection Schedule tool
Screenshot of DSNY’s Collection Schedule tool – Enter your address here to check Collection Schedule for your area

Disposing Oversized Items, Electronics, and Special Items:

Disposing of oversized furniture, electronics, or special items can be a challenge. Fortunately, specialized Bulk Item Disposal services are available in NYC. These services cater to large items or electronics, ensuring they are safely and responsibly handled.

To use the Bulk Item Disposal service you should first check the Collection Schedule by entering your address at The NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) website and then place your items curbside, between 6PM and midnight the night before your collection day.

Special Requests for Recycling or Disposal:

Certain items require special handling for recycling or disposal due to their size or hazardous nature. Hazardous materials, paints, or chemicals should not be disposed of in regular trash. NYC311 provides resources for the proper disposal of these items.

For example, if you want to dispose of a mattress in NYC, you can put it out for Bulk Item Collection, but it must be sealed in a plastic bag, to help the city prevent the spread of bedbugs.

On the other hand, if you want to dispose of electronics, like TVs, monitors, computers and laptops, servers, printers/scanners, video game consoles, fax machines and other, you should use DSNY’s “How to Get Rid of” tool where you can enter the name of your electronic device and get detailed instructions on how to dispose it.

This map of Electronics Drop-Off Locations in NYC may also come in handy if you need to get rid off electronics and it is good to know that many retailers offer take-back options when it comes to electronics, sometimes even offering you discounts on new devices in return.

If you do not secure and dispose your items properly, the items will not be collected and you may end up paying a fee of at least $100.

How to Dispose of Furniture in NYC
Roadway Moving can take care of your furniture disposal needs in NYC

Hiring Professional Furniture Removal Services:

Roadway Moving offers professional furniture removal services. Our expertise lies in handling large or heavy items and providing environmentally friendly disposal practices. By choosing Roadway Moving, you can have peace of mind knowing that your furniture will be handled with care and disposed of responsibly.

If you think we could help you, you may get a free quote by giving us a call at +1 (212) 812 52 40 or by sending us your details via our contact form.

Alternatives to Furniture Disposal:

1. Donate the furniture

Donating furniture is a wonderful way to give it a new life and help those in need. Several reputable organizations and charities in NYC accept furniture donations. Here are a few organizations to consider:

  • Goodwill Industries: Goodwill accepts a wide range of furniture items and uses the proceeds from sales to fund their employment and job training programs. Visit their website at for more information and to find a drop-off location near you.
  • Salvation Army: The Salvation Army operates thrift stores throughout NYC and accepts furniture donations. These donations help fund their programs that support vulnerable populations. Visit for more details and to schedule a pick-up or locate a drop-off center.
  • Habitat for Humanity Restore: Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore accepts furniture donations in good condition and sells them at affordable prices, with the proceeds going towards building affordable housing. To find a ReStore location and learn more about their donation process, visit
  • Furniture Bank Association of North America: The Furniture Bank Association connects donated furniture with individuals and families in need. Their member organizations, such as Furniture Sharehouse (, help furnish homes for those transitioning from homelessness or difficult circumstances.

When donating furniture, it’s essential to contact the organizations directly to inquire about their donation guidelines, pick-up services, or drop-off locations. They may have specific requirements, such as furniture condition or size limitations, to ensure the items can be properly utilized.

By donating your furniture to these organizations, you can make a positive impact in the community and provide essential support to those in need.

2. Sell the furniture

If your furniture is in good condition, consider selling it to someone who can use it. Platforms like AptDeco, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist and other popular online marketplaces in NYC provide opportunities for furniture resale.

Take quality photos, write detailed descriptions, and set a reasonable price to attract potential buyers. Selling furniture not only benefits others but also helps you recoup some of your expenses.

3. Repurpose the furniture

Get creative and consider repurposing your furniture for a new function or style. Give old items a fresh look and extend their lifespan.


When it comes to disposing of furniture in NYC, responsible choices can make a significant impact on the environment and the community. Whether through donation, selling, recycling, or utilizing specialized services, there are various options available.

Choose the method that suits your needs while keeping sustainability in mind. In case you need our help, give us a call at +1 (212) 812 52 40 or send us your details via our contact form and we will happily assist you. By working together, we can create a cleaner and greener city!

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