When you are preparing to move everything in your home you probably think you cannot get your hands on enough moving boxes and other supplies. Now that you’re setting into your new place though, you may find yourself wondering what to do with all the empty boxes, packing paper and other moving materials.
If you’re not sure what can be recycled or how you can best recycle it then you are in the right place. In this article AmeriSouth Recycling shares tips on how to recycle your moving materials.
Check with Your Curbside Recycling Provider
Before placing all your packing materials in your recycling bin, or hefting all your moving boxes to the curb, check with your provider to see what materials they accept or if they have any limits on the amount of cardboard they will accept.
Recycling Bubble Wrap, Air Pillows and Packing Peanuts
Curbside providers typically accept a reasonable amount of cardboard as well as packing paper. However, items like bubble wrap, packing peanuts and air pillows, although recyclable, are likely not accepted curbside. The website Earth911.org/recycling allows you to search easily by item and zip code to see where articles like these are accepted in your area.
Also, bubble wrap and air pillows are often made of the same material as plastic grocery bags and can be returned to the receptacles for returning plastic bags located outside some grocers.
Sell or Gift Them to Someone Else
Donating or selling your boxes and other materials is an alternative way to recycle them. Posting on a neighborhood group like Nextdoor, your local Facebook page, or Craigslist is a great way to get the word out.
You can also check with local not-for-profit organizations like food pantries, schools and the library. All of these may have a need for boxes or other packing materials and will appreciate the donation.
Set Them Aside
If you foresee another move in your future, and you have the storage space, then it may be a good idea for you to set aside your boxes and any other moving materials to use again. If you have friends and family who live far away and you often send them packages you could also use your boxes and packing materials for that purpose.
Repurpose Boxes for Play or Projects
If you have children, your leftover moving boxes will likely provide them with hours of fun. You can also recycle your boxes for use in practical projects or as storage solutions around your home. See below for a list of ideas.
- Long term storage in an attic or garage
- Build a maze or a cardboard dollhouse
- Use boxes as a drop cloth to protect your floors when you paint
- Make a cardboard playhouse for kids or cats
- Protect your hardwood floors with them when sliding and moving furniture
- Use the cardboard in your garden to block weeds from growing
Contact AmeriSouth Recycling for your Atlanta Business Recycling Needs
AmeriSouth Recycling specializes in serving the recycling needs of local Atlanta businesses. We provide recycling consultations and help you implement recycling programs customized to the particular needs of your business. For more information on our services, contact us at (404) 209-0002 or complete our online contact form today.