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Free Moving Boxes: Getting and Recycling Them

Author: K.C. Roads

A pile of moving boxes and packing supplies tossed out by the curb for regular garbage collection is a cringe-worthy sight. Nowadays, it’s totally unnecessary with the prevalence of recycling programs, and tossing boxes sends an initial message to your new neighbors that you don’t really care about sustainability. Go green and follow these recycling and upcycling tips for moving supplies:

  • Find out about local recycling programs. Call city hall and find out what your recycling options are. Sometimes cities offer free curbside recyclables pick-up, while other places require you to go to a recycling point and drop your stuff off there. Whatever it is, don’t just throw your moving boxes out. It doesn’t take much effort to reduce your carbon footprint and do your part for future generations.
  • Ask at community centers. Make a point of visiting your new neighborhood’s community centers, such as activity centers, libraries, police and fire stations. Oftentimes, they’ll know of a business or an individual who is moving or storing items and could use your old supplies. And what could be better than having a local policeman or firefighter take note of your kindness and generosity as soon as you move to your new place?
  • Donate to schools. Don’t forget about local schools! Especially at the end of the school year, when books and other materials need to be packed up, schools will jump at the opportunity to get free moving boxes.
  • Give them to charities. Ask at thrift stores and charities, where stuff that’s donated oftentimes has to be stored away until it’s sorted, cleaned and re-sold.
  • Advertise. Post an ad on Craigslist to donate or barter your supplies. It’s best not to use your real name or address, as this only invites thieves in, but it is a great way to recycle your stuff with the minimum amount of effort.
  • Recycle for mulch. Call the moving supplies’ manufacturer and ask whether they have a recycling program. If not, ask them whether their products contain chemicals that would make them unfit for turning into mulch. If you get the all-clear, you can always layer the boxes with compost in your new garden and let Mother Nature do her thing!
  • Use them for storage. You don’t always have to give your moving supplies away to recycle or upcycle them. If you have a lot of stuff you want to keep in storage, or even just at the back of your closet, use your old moving boxes. It’s simple, quick, and provides a sturdy storage option for all the stuff you don’t use on a regular basis but don’t want to throw away.