|We are now in an era that's becoming more environmentally conscious every day.
Developments in science and technology have allowed people to know exactly how
certain materials affect the environment if not disposed of properly. As we
consume resources on a large scale, we see that they are limited in quantity.
Recycling materials reduces environmental damage and reuses resources. Keep recycling in mind as you move. There's
a lot that you can do both before and after your move.
Ways to Recycle
Most major towns and
cities in the U.S. offer many opportunities for you to recycle. You should be
able to find this information online. For example, www.earth911.org uses your
zip code to provide you with a list of ways to recycle in your area. You can
also check your phonebook or call your local waste management service for
information on different types of recycling and disposal facilities in your
Make sure you find the appropriate ways
to recycle or dispose of different moving
materials. There are different procedures for the various types of recyclables.
For instance, hazardous materials will need to be delivered to appropriate
disposal facilities, while some items can be picked up at your home by a
What Moving Materials Can Be Recycled?There are many materials
that you use during your move that can be disposed of after by putting them in
appropriately labeled recycling bins and then placing them curbside in front of
your house on your town's recyclable pickup day. These items include:
Many local waste management services will
provide you with recycling guidelines as well as the appropriate bins for all
- Plastic – Bubble wrap, protective plastic sheets, and plastic
containers can either be reused for packing storage items or can be recycled
along with your household recyclables.
- Paper/Cardboard – Non-waxed paper goods and cardboard can usually be
picked up at your home. They will need to be separated from your glass, plastic,
and aluminum recyclables.
Green Packing MaterialsYou should also be environmentally
conscious when you're picking out moving materials. There are many green packing materials that
are available. Here are some examples:
paper is made from 100% recycled material and can be used as cushioning or
wrapping for fragile items.
can be used instead of bubble wrap (bubble wrap is created using
non-green processes).Starch-based materials,
in addition to being
environmentally friendly, are also static-free. This makes them perfect for
cushioning computers or other electronics.Popcorn
is a great
alterative packing materials. Considered an innovation in the packing industry,
popcorn is easily biodegradable. If you use popcorn as a packing material, make
sure it is unbuttered and unsalted.
Recycle Before and After the MoveRecycling should be a big part of the process when you're
cleaning out your old home. During cleanup, you may find that you have a lot
that you don't want to transport to your new home. Old magazines can be recycled
with your other paper products, unwanted books can be donated to a local
library, and electronics, like computers, can either be donated or dropped off
at your local recycling facility. Some electronic manufacturers will also accept
old electronic equipment for recycling. These are just a few examples.
TIP: You can use old paper goods, like magazines,
as cushioning in your boxes or as wrapping material for fragile items.Once
you've unpacked everything in your new home, you'll have another recycling
opportunity. If you've chosen your packing materials carefully, you should be able to recycle
almost all of them. Cardboard boxes should be disassembled for easy pickup.
Newsprint and other paper goods you that used to wrap or cushion your belongings
should be gathered together into the appropriate paper recycling bin. Finally,
find out what day recyclables are picked up in your new neighborhood, so you
know when to bring yours out to the curb. If you don't want to wait for
recycling day, you could always drop your recyclables off at a local recycling