People who are moving do not put so much consideration in minimizing their carbon footprint when doing the task. Some would only consider this a waste of time rather than a chance to contribute to the welfare of the environment. Telling someone to recycle moving materials is a little less interesting compared to telling someone to save money for a move. So why not simply set your mind on going for a budget move by being resourceful and creative.

Moving paraphernalia is mostly composed of paper materials. Cardboard, boxes, newsprints and packing fillers are the most common items being gathered before even starting to pack things up. As it cannot be helped to use cardboard or paper materials for the move, just bear in mind that there are still ways to minimize its use and avoid the disconcerting effects of too much trash in the surroundings. Here are three important ways on how to avoid putting too much garbage in the environment out of moving.


Every municipality has distinct ordinances on how to go about recycling moving materials in the area. Municipal ordinances on garbage recycling vary and so it is best to get advice from them even before you start disposing your spoiled boxes to the recycling centers. Check for the procedure and their policy so you would know how to start recycling.

At home, you can start preparing your boxes and other paper stuff. Flatten the boxes and keep them all in one big box. Normally, the boxes used in a whole move can be kept in 5 to 6 big boxes. Other paper stuff used in the move like crumpled newsprint, should also be laid flat. A whole bunch of it can be stashed in just one box. All in all there should be about 6-7 boxes ready to be sent out for recycling moving materials. After gathering the necessary information from the municipality, you can now recycle properly the paper items from your move.


There is no good reason to buy brand new boxes for all the moving goods. If you are keeping clothes and other valuable materials from your home, then it’s acceptable. But if you are simply stashing overused kitchen wares, garden tools and other products then just reuse boxes. Boxes are mainly used for keeping items you want to move or simply keep for a while, say in the attic. Reusing them does not change its purpose that it is being used for keeping.

If you don’t have enough of these paper cubes at home then drop by nearby liquor or grocery shops. They will be happy handing you over their boxes rather than leaving them at the curb for the trash collector to pick up. You can also use online tools such as Craigslist and Kijiji to hunt for used boxes. Moving happens anywhere in the city you live in. And it happens most of the time. Post your ad and expect a dozen emails entertaining your quest to gather as much boxes as you need. If you live near a university or college and it’s almost the start of school, roam around these institutions and happily collect boxes waiting on stand-by by the garbage bins.


Yes you can reduce the number of boxes you will need for a move. Follow the simple rule of frugality and you can try keeping smaller and lighter items in a box with other household furniture. This is normally allowed by moving companies as long as you consult them so they can check if the way you did it is allowable or not. What is the point? Example is books kept inside empty drawers and cabinets. Heavy fabrics like bath towels, comforters and blankets kept inside the washing machine. Make them intact and make sure that they will not patter while on the road. Just make sure that you do not change the weight so much that the whole box will exceed the allowed 50 kg limit of each.

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