What to Do With Boxes After a Move


If you have curbside recycling, disposing of cardboard boxes after your big move is easy. For the rest of us, it can be a bit more work.

To make the process as pain-free and environmentally friendly as possible we’re giving you three easy alternatives to get rid of your moving boxes.

Recycle moving boxes at your local facility

Did you know that recycling one ton of cardboard can save up to 1,944 square feet of space in a landfill? That’s an entire house!

The easiest way to recycle if you don’t have a pick-up service?  Drop off your boxes at a local recycling facility when you’re done with them.

Find a recycling center near you using one of the links below:

  1. BeRecycled.org
  2. RecyclrFinder
  3. Earth911.com

Before you go, break down your boxes with a knife, scissors, or boxcutter. This way, you’ll be able to transport as many boxes as possible in your vehicle. Plus, your new space gets cleaner, faster.

Another option is to ask your movers!

At motogo, some movers offer to take your boxes after unpacking. The crew will tote them to a local recycler or use them again! Make sure to ask about this process before your move day, as some movers charge an extra fee for the additional stop.

Regardless of who does it, recycling your used moving boxes yourself or giving them to the movers is a fantastic idea!

Fewer boxes piling up after your move equals less headache for you.

Donate old moving boxes to a local charity

Many nonprofit organizations love having extra boxes!

Certain charities often make deliveries of supplies (think: Meals on Wheels). Since they usually rely exclusively on donations, giving your boxes a second, more charitable life is a generous way to get rid of what you no longer need.  Just be sure that the boxes you drop off are in good condition and clean!

Give them to a friend or neighbor

Another perfect way to dispose of your moving boxes is to give them to a friend, neighbor, or coworker who has an upcoming move. If none of contacts are staying put for now, try listing your boxes on neighborhood site NextDoor, which connects you to residents of your community.

In conclusion

Not only is recycling your boxes better for the environment, you’ll also have even more space in your home!

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