With peak moving season in full swing, many people are in the midst of sorting and packing their belongings. The moving process itself is likely to generate piles of waste due to the weeding out unwanted household items and the accumulation of boxes and packing materials. But you can both lighten your load and be more eco-conscious on moving day with these tips from Advanced Disposal:
1) Give back
Have a collection of furniture, clothing, toys and books you don’t want to take to your new home? Drop them off at a local charity organization or schedule a donation pick-up. Have unused food items from the pantry you don’t want to transport? Take them to a local food pantry. Have a pile of sheets and towels you plan to get rid of? A local animal shelter will likely them to use as crate materials for puppies and kittens.
Instead of buying new boxes for packing, check in with family, friends, and even local businesses to see if they have some available. And once you’re done packing, be sure to recycle those boxes or pass them on to someone else who is moving.
3) Use green packing supplies
Did you know there are boxes, packing paper and other supplies needed for moving that are made of 100 percent recyclable materials? But you can also forego packing paper and use items from around the house, such as blankets, towels, sheets, clothing and old newspapers to wrap and cushion fragile items.
If you plan to use a moving company look for one that uses fuel-efficient trucks and reusable plastic boxes. You can also ditch moving boxes altogether by packing items in suitcases and duffel bags you already own.