Disassembling a two seat sofa

We are trying to disassemble a  relatively modern two seat sofa for disposal - trying to save an £75 collection charge from our "bin men"
The thing is put together with, literally thousands of staples, screws and multiple layers of ticking, foam and other pieces of material - then there's the glue - an extremely strong, not quite fully set, semi rubber type (:?) - so far we have spent a full day and are only 1/4 done  and are only just exposing the wooden frame !!
Any suggestions for a way forwards - short of paying the £75 ?
Please dont suggest a bonfire (toxic foam)
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  • ChasingtheWelshdreamChasingtheWelshdream Forumite
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    Are you trying to get the staples out and separate every thing properly?

    We literally just cut fabric/foam off the frame with a Stanley knife, and smashed it up just enough to fit in our car to take to the tip. 

    The tip staff were fine with it. Is that an option?

    £75!! Expensive council!!!
  • Sea_DonkeySea_Donkey Forumite
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    Are you trying to get the staples out and separate every thing properly?

    We literally just cut fabric/foam off the frame with a Stanley knife, and smashed it up just enough to fit in our car to take to the tip. 

    The tip staff were fine with it. Is that an option?

    £75!! Expensive council!!!
    They collect it for £75
    I can disassemble it and tip it for nothing
    At the moment one arm is removed 
  • cattomcattom Forumite
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    do you have a sledge hammer. I have a 16lb one in the shed. when I wanted to take an old divan bed down the tip, it came in very handy.
  • ChasingtheWelshdreamChasingtheWelshdream Forumite
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    They collect it for £75
    I can disassemble it and tip it for nothing
    At the moment one arm is removed 
    I guessed that, our council only charge £30 so £75 seems extortionate.

    So are you trying to dismantle it carefully or can you just smash it?
  • MovingForwardsMovingForwards Forumite
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    Sharp knife, saw and a hammer are the only things ever used when breaking down sofas.
  • frugalmacdugalfrugalmacdugal Forumite
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    Hi,
    why take it apart staple by staple if it's going to the tip, are you intending to recycle the staples?
    Y'all take care now.
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  • Another_LevelAnother_Level Forumite
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    Break it up enough to fit into the back of your council trash truck. Give the bin men an early Xmas present £7.50 each +  :) and your sofa.

    bin men are actually very nice approachable people, Respect to our bin men. No respect to office based managers blahh  :p
    Choose Stabila ! 
  • annabanana82annabanana82 Forumite
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    My Husband recently did ours and the 3 seater, he cut the fabric leaving the staples, might have used some brute strength to dismantle the frame, (was still in good nick after 18 years) and took a couple of hours. Fabric has mostly been set aside to reuse, foam went to the tip, wood is set to go on the fire pit in the garden 
  • maisie_catmaisie_cat Forumite
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    I took a DFS sofa apart by using a Stanley knife to cut the leather off the frame and a saw to cut through the wooden 2x2 sections. It took a couple of hours including tip runs and was a useful exercise in how poorly made their sofas are.
  • GDB2222GDB2222 Forumite
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    I disposed of a couple of old divan beds. Most of it went to the dump, in bits.

    I kept the bed springs and made a sculpture out of them. :)
    No reliance should be placed on the above! Absolutely none, do you hear?
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