Reducing Waste During Your Move

Millions of people move every year, and that generates a lot of waste. Not only from packing materials, but unwanted furniture and other items that may not fit into your new place or you are combining belongings with your special someone and starting a life together. It is estimated that 602 pounds of waste are created per person just in the form of paper and cardboard. So how can you cut back on waste or what should you do with it before and after your next move? Here are a handful of tips that may help you reduce the waste that will be created during your next move.


  • Try not to buy new boxes! Either start saving boxes beforehand or check with your local businesses to see if they have any leftover boxes. If you live in an apartment complex, ask any new neighbors who have recently moved in if you can have their old boxes.
  • Use old newspapers to wrap your fragile items.
  • Save yourself a couple boxes by packing your clothes, linens, towels and other such items in suitcases or duffel bags that you already own or can borrow from friends
  • Have a yard sale before you move to help lighten your load and make you some money for the move. Sell or donate any clothes that don’t fit you anymore. Also donate any toys, appliances, books and any other items that you don’t want to move.
  • Donate! Give any items that are left over to charity, it might be tax deductible.

Once your all moved into your new house or before the move, find out if your new community has a recycling program. If so, participate by separating and putting out your recyclables for curbside pickup or taking them to your local drop-off or buy-back center. Your moving company should be able to assist you with any other idea to help save you time and money.