In general, unless your item is made of pure metal, pure plastic or pure untreated timber it won't be recyclable.
Reuse, sell or donate
However, if you're looking to get rid of some unwanted furniture, or hunt down a pre-loved bargain then reusing, upcycling, donating or selling are great options.
If your furniture is in good condition plan ahead and sell it or give it away online via Gumtree, eBay, Tip Shop or a social media sharing group in your local area.
Re-Love (formally The Run for Good Project) is a registered charity that supports women and children impacted by domestic violence and homelessness by providing them with good quality rescued furniture and household items. Individuals, businesses and workplaces can donate their second-hand goods including furiniture and some electrical products.
If your furniture is beyond repair or not fit for reuse, then you may be able to access your council's hard waste collection for pick-up. Or arrange a trip to the local tip.
If your workplace or business has large quantities of furniture to dispose of, passing them on by donating or selling them will keep the materials used to make the products in use for longer. If they are not in good enough condition for donation or sale, there may be recycling options. Visit Business Recycling to find reuse and recycling services in your area.
Furniture Buy-Back and Resell
All IKEA stores in Australia offer a furniture buy-back and resell service. If you are looking to part with old IKEA furniture in good condition, give it a second life and minimise your contribution to landfill.
Follow the steps via their online tool to obtain an estimate of your furniture’s buy-back value. Then bring the furniture, together with your estimate, to your preferred store.
Once a final agreed value is decided in person, this will be granted as a refund card. The preloved furniture will then be resold to a new home.