Every year there is a record of over million Americans who move to different locations. The increase of moving activity accordingly increases the amount of waste that is being produced. Tons of paper boxes and other packing materials have been included in the recycling areas and dumpster trucks have collected a major quantity of it as well. Reduce Waste – Contribute to green moving by reducing the amount of garbage in every moving activity. Spartan Movers has eco-friendly tips for you.
Reduce Waste when Moving
Everywhere in the US recycling centers have confirmed that the majority of the wastes are made of paper and cardboard. The rest are made of plastics, textiles and wood. By examining the common packing materials used in every relocation it is obvious that these are made of papers, plastics and textiles – boxes, unprinted paper, cardboards, packaging tape and bubble wraps. Moving experts suggest tips on how to eliminate a bulk amount of garbage or at least reduce the garbage produced by moving. Even if recycling is practiced all over the US, means of keeping wastes at a minimum level is highly recommended. Here are the tips that are highly recommended to reduce waste when moving.
To be able to reduce waste don’t buy new boxes. Whenever buying new appliances or house wares it is best to keep the original boxes. When the time of the move comes, packing the items in their original boxes will keep it safe rather than putting it in another fitting box and doing the wrapping and all. In case the original boxes are no longer available and there is still a need to have bigger boxes to stash other household items, visit liquor and grocery stores where boxes are given for free. Normally, goods sold in these stores are delivered in sturdy boxes so it can surely pass a box strong enough to last a move. Neighbors, friends or families who just moved in may still have boxes with them. Ask if they can give it for free. This strategy does not only reduce the recyclable waste but it also saves money by not buying boxes.
In packing clothes and other linens, use luggage bags and other traveling bags that are currently owned. Friends and relatives may be kind enough to let you borrow from them. Keeping the clothes and linens in specified luggage bags will also make unpacking easy. The bags can be carried to the assigned bedroom right away without getting confused.
Do not throw away boxes after unpacking. They can be kept for future uses. It is also advisable to sell them online through many thrift websites. Other people might just need those boxes and they can bargain for an exchange of goods instead of paying cash.
Instead of buying unprinted papers, use old newspapers and magazines in wrapping fragile items. Another way of saving is to use hand towels for smaller items or bath towels for bigger fragile items. Wrap the cloth on the item and secure it with a tie or tape before keeping in the box.
In using bubble wraps and packing peanuts, purchase the ones that are recyclable. Packing peanuts should be made of biodegradable cornstarch. After moving do not throw this away. Post it online or keep it for future use.
Before moving, sort the items at home that cannot go in the moving truck. This should include hazardous materials like butane gas containers, batteries and other chemicals. Do not simply throw it in the garbage bin. Follow the guidelines in the community on how to properly dispose of this kind of items.
Old clothes can be sold at a garage sale or thrift shop. Leftover items can be given to charity. This will lessen the load of the items to be moved and at the same time helping the people in need.
In order to Reduce Waste, your movers can be given the responsibility of properly packing the household items. They use recyclable materials while ensuring the quality of their service.