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How to Recycle and Reuse Your Packing Materials

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You've finished unpacking and everything is exactly where you want it to be in your house - except for the huge pile of cardboard boxes and packing materials sitting in a discarded heap in your garage or basement. So what are you supposed to do with all of that stuff? Throw it out? Save it for the next time you move? Build something out of it?

You can do any of those three things if you'd like, but there are also other, more sensible and environmentally friendly options available for when you're finished with your packing materials and you'd like to find another way to put them to use post-move.


This is the first option that many people will think of when deciding what to do with their leftover packing materials. Many of your supplies - your cardboard moving boxes, packing peanuts, packing paper, bubble wrap - are made from materials that are recyclable, so instead of throwing them out, it's smart to go the environmentally sound route and recycle them.

How do you go about doing this? Well, if you're unsure of the recycling pick-up rules of your new town, it's best to call up the sanitation department and inquire about the recycling schedule so you know when to place your discarded materials outside your house for pick-up.

If your town does not have a regular schedule of recycling pick-ups, then you may inquire about a designated recycling facility located in your town or province where you can bring your recyclables and drop them off.

Using your boxes as compost

If you have a garden in your backyard, another good option that's available to you is to build a compost heap and use your leftover cardboard moving boxes as compost. By doing this, you'll not only dispose of your moving boxes in an environmentally friendly way, but you'll also be putting them to good use and getting the most out of your packing materials, even long after your move is done.

Even better, you'll be helping out your garden too! It's a solution that benefits all involved, and it's easy.

When using your cardboard boxes as compost, remember to break each box down into small pieces. You can also use your packing paper as compost as well if you have it lying around and need to find use for it.

Using your boxes for storage

Sometimes when you unpack all of your belongings in your new house, you realize that you had just a bit more stuff than you thought you did. Maybe not everything fits in your new house as nicely as it did in your old house and maybe some things just don't match the vibe of the home or the décor as well as it did in your old home. Or, maybe you just have a lot of things that you like to keep packed away out of sight until you need them.

Whatever the reason is, you can always use boxes to store your excess belongings in and what can be better to use than your leftover moving boxes?

Instead of going to the store and spending a ton of money on stacks of heavy-duty plastic storage containers, simply reuse your moving boxes. They're durable, lightweight and will be easy to stack on top of one another when you're ready to store them away in your garage, basement, attic, or even your storage facility. Plus it's an environmentally conscious route to take.

These are only a few of the ways in which you can get some extra mileage out of your leftover packing materials, and if you really put your mind to it, you can come up with tons of other clever and green uses for your discarded packing materials after you move.

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on January 15, 2013

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