Whether you’re headed to a new home or a new office, moving can have a big impact on the environment. After all, vast quantities of packing materials and boxes are used to transport your belongings from point A to point B, and much of those materials end up in landfills. Similarly, as you go through your belongings and decide what not to keep, you may end up discarding more than you thought. The good news is that there are ways to recycle your materials, minimize the impact of your move, and make sure your exciting transition is positive for both you and the environment! Here are some tips to consider.
1.Rethink cardboard boxes. Buying cardboard boxes is expensive and damaging to the environment. You may be able to rent plastic bins for moving, or else find cardboard boxes for free at local supermarkets or “big box” stores. Reusing old cardboard boxes is certainly better than buying new. Either way, be sure to recycle or repurpose the boxes after your move is complete.
2.You may already have packing materials! Sure, you could buy packing peanuts, bubble wrap, and other expensive materials that you’ll end up throwing away. But old towels, shirts, blankets, and newspaper will also do the trick of protecting your belongings during a move.
3.Donate unwanted items. When packing for a move, it’s common to find items that are simply not worth the trouble of transporting. But one person’s trash is another’s treasure, so consider donating unwanted belongings to a local Goodwill or Salvation Army. That’s better than seeing your old stuff end up in a landfill!
4.Consider a paper-shredding service. Some old documents and files just aren’t worth taking with you, especially if you have digital backups. This is particularly true for businesses. If you have file cabinets full of paper, consider a shredding service to securely shred and recycle your old documents.
5.Find a green mover. Not all movers are as conscientious about the environment as you are, so shop around to find a moving company with earth-friendly practices. Green movers may use fuel-efficient trucks, reusable furniture wraps, and plastic crates for transporting goods. You’ll feel good about your move, and you could even save money!
6.Choose the right waste management company. Businesses and even home owners on the move may be able to choose their waste management company. If so, you have the chance to find a company that cares about the environment as much as you do! When evaluating a waste management company, consider factors like cost, pick-up days, options such as recycling and yard waste pickup, and most importantly, a great reputation.
Whether you’re moving your home or office, you have the opportunity to plan a green move to be proud of. You can be sure Arwood Waste will do our part as your waste management company to ensure your unwanted materials are recycled with care and integrity.