What can you do with moving waste after your move?
We hate waste! It’s something that we think makes us a better moving company. We don’t waste your time, we don’t waste your money, we don’t waste your moving supplies.
But inevitably, moving creates trash. If you move a 4-bedroom house once every ten years, you’re going to have a lot of moving boxes and moving supplies left over afterwards that are just not very useful. So, what can you do with them? Here are some more moving tips – we’ve seen some pretty great ideas over the years, these are some of our favorites…
Wondering what to do with your moving boxes? If you have the double-layer corrugated boxes that are stronger and that you may have used for moving heavier items, and you have a flair for design (and a whole lot of creativity), one of the best ways to get rid of moving waste is turning moving boxes into cardboard furniture. Here are some of our favorites:
If your new house includes a garden, you can use moving boxes as mulch for your plants. The boxes make a barrier against new weeds coming up, and with enough water and soil they decompose over time and add fertility to your garden. Just be sure to take off any tape and glue before you plant them, you don’t want that stuff in your soil:
Bubble Wrap Painting:
Moving waste can be more than just moving boxes – there is always the beloved bubble wrap. We confess, when we have a pile of bubble wrap lying around, we’re more likely to spend hours popping it than to turn it into bubble wrap art. But that’s a shame really, because there are some amazing works of moving waste art out there made with bubble wrap. Check out this painting / mosaic made by injecting acrylic paint into each bubble of the bubble wrap with a syringe:
Bubble Wrap Dishes:
We’d give it about five minutes into the meal before our wine is dripping all over the table because we couldn’t stop popping our glass…
Recycling and selling old moving supplies:
And if you don’t have a garden and you don’t have tons of time on your hands, and you’re not a creative type, you can always just recycle or re-sell your old moving supplies. Boxcycle is a company that connects people selling boxes to people buying boxes. And with a quick Google search with the name of your new county and the words “recycle cardboard” you’ll come up with the local recycling guidelines and regulations.
Having the right moving supplies is what makes for a safe, successful move. Disposing of them the right way afterwards is the best way to keep your home orderly, to take care of the planet, and sometimes even to create something beautiful!