How to Reuse and Recycle Moving Supplies at University

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How to Reuse and Recycle Moving Supplies After a University Move

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You will have a lot of extra moving supplies after you move to school. Instead of throwing them out, it is best to reuse and recycle them. But when you move into a dorm, there may be some restrictions. How should you recycle and reuse your packing and  moving supplies after a university move?

The following supplies and materials should be reused or recycled:
  • Packing paper
  • Cardboard boxes of varying sizes
  • Packing tape
  • Moving blankets/pads
  • Mattress covers
  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing peanuts
All these supplies and materials can be reused for moving several times until they get too damaged or dirty to safely transport your things. You could just save them for reuse when the semester ends and you move back home in a few months, but with the limited room in a typical dorm that may not be an option.

TIP: You could fold the non-disposable supplies (pads, covers, and blankets) into one box to store your moving supplies without taking up too much space in your room.

Reuse

If you're going to reuse supplies, you should actually give them use during the semester. Since you're at university, you shouldn't bother with the more crafty ideas like making forts or Halloween costumes out of cardboard. You also probably don't have access to a garden to use the materials in a compost heap. Being in school limits what you can reasonably do, but here are a few ways you can reuse packing and moving materials at university:
  • Boxes are great for storage. Keep books, supplies, or anything in moving boxes. As long as you fill most of the box, you aren't wasting space by keeping it. 
  • Packing paper and packing tape can be used to create book covers. At university, you aren't often required to make homemade book covers for your textbooks, but it might be a good idea anyway. They level of wear and tear on schoolbooks determines how much money you can get for them at the end of the semester when you trade them in to a school bookstore.
  • Packing tape can be used for jut about any tape job. You can secure and fix a lot of things with packing tape, so it's handy to keep around your room all year.
  • Bubble wrap can also be used as part of a make shift book cover, as long as the cover is hard and the bubble wrap is thin enough.

Recycle

Everything disposable that you can't find a use for can be recycled if you need the space.
  • Cardboard boxes usually need to be flattened and/or bundled for recycling.
  • Packing paper can also be recycled, usually with the cardboard.
  • Some moving or shipping services will take used packing peanuts off your hands.
  • Green biodegradable packing peanuts will actually dissolve in water.
  • Bubble wrap needs to be recycled with plastics.
  • If your dorm doesn't have clearly marked recycling schedules ask your RA or the housing department of your university. 
  • Donate any unrecyclable items to the art department of your school. Packing peanuts, paper, and cardboard can get useful second lives in a variety of art products.
Reusing and recycling packing and moving supplies is all about being green and saving money. These are important things to the average university student, so remember them after you move.


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on November 20, 2014

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