You did it! Your move is done, and you've managed to unpack everything. But what do you do with all of the moving boxes? If you want to avoid seeing all of those boxes go to waste, we've come up with helpful ways for you to recycle moving boxes after your move and put them to good use.
1 Re-Purpose The Boxes For Home Use:
Before trying to find a way to get rid of your boxes, think about the possibility of keeping them. Would you be able to use them in your home? You might need sturdy boxes for storing winter clothing, holiday and seasonal decorations or maybe you just want to keep some for future donations to the food bank, your local library or bottle drives.
2. Ask Your Neighbours
Many communities now have Facebook Groups and community centers; these are both great options on where to offer up your boxes. Take this chance to be an angel to someone else and don't forget that what goes around comes around. Your neighbors will surely appreciate the kind gesture, and you might even make some new friends!
3. Ask Your Community Centre Or Local Charity
Your neighborhood community center might be able to use them; local charities are also great places to check, why throw your boxes away when you can do some good by just offering them to someone who might be able to use them. It might take a bit of time, but a few calls will let you know if they need them or not.
4. Put Them On Kijiji
Remember when you were looking for boxes? Well someone out there is looking as well. Kijiji is a fast and easy way to post items for sale or to give away, and it's free! If you are in the US, you can try BoxCycle which allows you to sell your boxes the easy way.
5. Your Local Recycling Program
The City of Calgary has great advice on how to recycle your used boxes. They suggest using your blue cart or your community recycling depot. If you live in an apartment, townhouse or other multi-family complex, cardboard boxes should be accepted in your building's recycling program.
6. Aim For The Starts
Feeling crazy ambitious? Build your kiddos a super cool cardboard box playhouse. We found this great post: 16 DYI Carboard Playhouses. Don't forget to have fun!