Furniture Take to Landfill Consider donating gently used furniture to a community thrift shop. Call ahead to see if they have room. See the Donation Locations page for more information. Disassembly Not Required Most furniture does not need to be disassembled before it’s dropped off. Secure drawers, doors and glass by taping them down. Then you can transport the furniture to the landfill. Ways to Reuse Add a New Coat of Paint If a piece of furniture looks worn out, consider giving it a simple makeover, such as reupholstering. Even adding a fresh coat of paint could brighten up any old furniture piece. Buy Secondhand Furniture Consider saving a few dollars by purchasing furniture secondhand, but always check to see if the piece of furniture is broken. Also check for mold on the wooden parts of the furniture. Did You Know? How Your Furniture May Be Harming California Condors A recent study found that populations of the endangered California Condor have elevated levels of toxic contaminants like mercury and PBDEs, a flame retardant. PBDEs leech into the environment through close contact with or improper disposal of the items that contain them, such as stuffed and upholstered furniture. These chemicals have also been shown to have negative health effects on people.