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Old 22.10.2012, 20:47
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Getting rid of an old sofa

Dear all,

After 5 years with our old sofa (which has a hole that could only be fixed if we weren't in Switzerland) we decided it is time to let it go.
The question is how much will it cost us to ask the city cleaning department to do it?
Should we arrange it with the services or the vignettes that correspond to the weight of the sofa are enough?

Sorry for the silly questions but after sending an email to the Basel services and asking, the answer was that I should call them since it would be too complicated for them to write me an e-mail explaining me how it is done ??? My German is not brilliant and I would like to hear some advice before calling them tomorrow.
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Re: Getting rid of an old sofa

I am guessing you replaced this sofa with a new one? Often, the place where you buy something new will take the old away as a service.
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Old 22.10.2012, 21:11
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Re: Getting rid of an old sofa

We bought one in the Brocki close to our house, we brought it home ourselves.
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Old 22.10.2012, 21:14
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Re: Getting rid of an old sofa

According to mirfield who did this recently, you put a load of vignettes in your postbox, dump the sofa on the street, and tell Basel Stadt what you've done.

They then come and collect the sofa and either weight it, or guess, and take the right number of vignettes from your postbox.

A very smart idea imo, as it means you don't need to weight it yourself and no-one is likely to steal the vignettes. Even better, you can write "gratis! free!" on the sofa and if, when the council turn up, it's gone, they charge you absolutely nothing!
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Re: Getting rid of an old sofa

Can't tell - serious or joking?
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Re: Getting rid of an old sofa

Sounds about right - similar system in Zurich city (Witikon) - when our neighbours moved out about 2 years ago. You book the waste removal (normal garbage guys but maybe they come on a different day) and you pile everything in the nominated place. Whatever hasn't 'mysteriously' disappeared is 'measured' and they sent a bill.

Fine if people take stuff away, not so fine if all the other neighbours try to sneak stuff onto your waste pile when you are not looking. For this reason, you may not be supposed to put the item out until 7pm the previous night...
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Re: Getting rid of an old sofa

Why don't you post it here in "free stuff" ? someone may want to give it a second life, and it won't cost you anything
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Re: Getting rid of an old sofa

Or do what most people on my street seem to do and leave it outside with a: "Free to anyone who wants it" sign on it. It's usually taken one way or the other within a week.

In fact considering how strict I heard it was over here for that kind of thing, I always see people leaving stuff out on the corner of the road by the bins (I mean big items, broken desks and microwaves etc) and the binmen always take them away.

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Re: Getting rid of an old sofa

Thank you Adrian,

This is a really nice solution, we had no clue about how much it could weigh but we were thinking about +- 60 kilos (6 vignettes).
Thanks again for the explanation, tomorrow it will be definitely easier when Ill call them!

Cheers!
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Old 22.10.2012, 22:01
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Re: Getting rid of an old sofa

Just make sure you load the meter, and you'll be fine.

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Re: Getting rid of an old sofa

seems that its usually far harder here to get rid of something than it is to buy something ...
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This is a really nice solution, we had no clue about how much it could weigh but we were thinking about +- 60 kilos (6 vignettes).
Thanks again for the explanation, tomorrow it will be definitely easier when Ill call them!
You can book an appointment directly online.

https://secure.bs.ch/tba/formulare/s...nmelden2-https

Choose "Anmeldung fr Grobsperrgut", put in your street and house number and click Weiter.

Choose your date and fill in the details on the next page. If you are going to leave your vignettes in the milk box then tick the Vignetten im Milchkasten box.

Dead easy.
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Old 24.10.2012, 00:57
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Re: Getting rid of an old sofa

Thanks Mirfield,
This is so easy!!! I still don't understand why the lady from the services did not explain this in the e-mail she wrote back to me! Nevermind that, now we know how it's done!
Thank you all for the suggestions, soon our old pal will be gone!!!

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If you are going to leave your vignettes in the milk box then tick the Vignetten im Milchkasten box.
Hi Mirfield, What is the Milkbox?

I've heard it mentioned before.

Might that be the box under my postbox?

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Re: Getting rid of an old sofa

I'm guessing so.
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Re: Getting rid of an old sofa

Better than "free to whomever" is "15 CHF" with a bogus phone number. Nobody wants cast offs on the street, but if it's worth something- even 15 francs, they will feel quite happy with themselves for heisting it.
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Welcome back, Mud! Nice comeback post.
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soon our old pal will be gone!!!
Oh, and you're allowed to put the sofa out on the evening before your appointment date.

And yes, the milk box is the box under the postbox. Leave plenty of vignettes in there. They will weigh the sofa and take the appropriate number.

As a guide, we had a 4 seater sofa and an Ikea bed sofa and they took 12 vignettes for the two.
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Thanks Mirfield,
I still don't understand why the lady from the services did not explain this in the e-mail she wrote back to me!
Welcome to Switzerland!

I just checked the same site yesterday for someone. Grobsperrgut (burns) will be dispatched on the 25th of October. Next date is 1 Nov.
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Re: Getting rid of an old sofa

Years ago I had a fold out sofa bed left over from my college days that had to go. I took a big hammer and had at it in the living room until it was in small enough chunks that I could carry them out and toss them in the dumpster one piece at a time, under the cover of darkness.

Believe it or not, it only takes about 20 minutes to beat a couch into small pieces if you have a good arm. If you live in an apartment you can cover the sound of your hammer blows by making them coincide with a thunderstorm, much like the prison break scene in Shawshank Redemption

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