7 Tips to Reduce Waste When You Move

reduce waste when moving


Your moving day is right around the corner, and you have to start the moving process: sorting through everything, deciding what to keep,having a yard sale and of course, packing. Reducing the amount of waste you create in the process can help make moving easier.  Here are a few tips on reducing moving waste:

  1. Don’t buy new boxes. Prior to moving day, start saving boxes for reuse or ask a local business for their leftover shipping boxes.
  2. Recycle your moving boxes when you’re finished unpacking. You can give your boxes to other people you may know who are also moving or you can leave them to be picked up by your recycling company.  Just make sure to flatten or cut down boxes according to your collection guidelines first.
  3. Instead of using new sheets of packing paper, use old newspapers, old towels and t-shirts, or old cloth to wrap fragile items. Once you are done, you can donate the old towels to your local animal shelter to be used as crate materials for puppies and kittens.
  4. Pack clothing, linens and other items in suitcases or duffel bags that you already own.  This not only saves boxes, but it also saves space.  If you are using a moving company, contact them and ask if you can leave your clothes in the drawers, especially if you are not moving far.
  5. Go through all of your things before you pack and declutter. You may find that you won’t want to bring certain items with you like clothes that do not fit, non-working electronics, old dishes or even certain furnishings.
  6. Have a yard sale to find new homes for clothes, toys, appliances, books and other items. Donate unsold items to charities like the Salvation Army or Vietnam Veterans of America. You can schedule a donation pick-up time, and they will take the unwanted items for free.
  7. Find a moving company that uses fuel-efficient trucks and reusable plastic boxes.

With these easy tips, you can not only help the environment during your move by recycling and donating but you can also lighten your load, making the entire moving process simpler.

Source: http://www.epa.gov/

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