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Ideas to Reduce Waste during a Move

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It is not only you who is moving this year. Thousands or even millions of people who change homes or offices every year join you, and thus, it is only logical to try to reduce waste as much as possible when moving.

 

It has been determined that each person produces around 1580 pounds of waste per year, most of it, some 602 pounds, are in the form of paper and paperboard, 149 pounds are plastic, 58 pounds are textiles, and 82 pounds are wood.

 

Even though it is believed that America is recycling almost 30% of the waste produced, the amount of waste generated is increasing every single year, and, although recycling has grown in general, there is a marked growth of the recycling of certain materials like paper, plastic soft drink bottles, aluminum cans, steel packaging and major appliances.

 

In order to help the growing and crucial recycling efforts, here are several ideas to help you reduce waste when moving to a new home or office:

 

1. Avoid buying new boxes, and instead, save old ones. Find leftover boxes from local shops or neighbors.

 

2. If you can’t find old boxes, use corrugated ones made out of recycled materials.

 

3. Recycle every box after you have used it.

 

4. Use your luggage and handbags to pack your clothes, linens, and bathroom items.

 

5. Ask the Movers in Seattle about renting reusable storage crates. These last many years and are recyclable.

 

6. Wrap up fragile things in old newspapers.

 

7. Select eco-friendly packing materials like cushioning peanuts made of biodegradable cornstarch and bubble wrap containing recycled plastic. Always recycle these materials after utilizing them.

 

8. Make sure you dispose appropriately of non-recyclable materials like cleaners, paints, and car supplies before you move. Find the correct way to get rid of them.

 

9. When possible, use recycled paint for house projects.

 

10. Make a garage sale before you move to get rid of things you don’t need or want but are in good condition.

 

11. Donate whatever you think can be used and appreciated by others.

 

After you move, find out about recycling programs in the community and join it. Also, start buying only recyclable products and items that can be repaired and used for a long time.

 

If you liked this article, tell all your friends about it. They’ll thank you for it. If you have a blog or website, you can link to it or even post it to your own site (don’t forget to mention PSMoving as the original source).

 

Rachel Clarkson

Seattle Movers

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