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Going Green: How to Minimise Waste When Relocating

Relocating to a new home or office often generates a serious amount of waste that, more often than not, could have been avoided. Whilst generating a certain amount of rubbish and waste can’t be helped, you’ll generally find there are a number of ways to minimise the environmental impact of your relocation to a new home or a new place of work without making life difficult for yourself, and without jeopardising the safety of your possessions during the relocation.


It’s good to see more and more people taking an interest in sustainability, and it’s also good to see that consumers are demanding greener business practices from business organisations, which in turn benefit by boasting green credentials. Although these are positive trends, it’s also the case that sustainability takes a backseat to convenience when relocating.

Here are a few handy tips for individuals and business organisations to take into account so that sustainable practices aren’t overlooked when relocating to a new home or place of work.

Reducing waste when relocating

Most of the waste generated when relocating comes from packing materials – bubble wrap, cardboard boxes, plastic sheets and other materials commonly used for packing. Whilst it would be difficult, if not outright impossible, to completely eliminate this waste, it is however, possible to reduce how much your relocation generates.

Reduce cardboard usage

Avoid buying new cardboard boxes for your relocation. There are a number of ways to procure cardboard boxes, such as paying a visit to local businesses and your local supermarket and asking them for their leftover cardboard boxes.

If you need to purchase new cardboard boxes for your upcoming relocation, buy the corrugated variety with the highest recycled content you can find.

Avoid using so many cardboard boxes by packing what you can into bags and suitcases, and wrap your clothing up in sheets to form large bundles. Items like clothes that aren’t going to break en route don’t need to be packed in boxes at all.

Don’t forget to recycle the cardboard boxes you use when you’ve finished unpacking at your new residence, or if you want to use them again, remove the tape and fold them flat for easy storage.

Reducing packaging waste

If you’re relocating with the assistance of a removal company ask for reusable storage crates. Not all removal companies make these available – some would rather sell you packing materials – though you’ll find there are many green-minded removal companies who love to show off their green credentials.

Instead of buying wrapping paper you can use newspaper which reduces waste and also saves you money – good for Mother Earth and your wallet.

You’ll also find that there are often environmentally friendly packing materials available, though you may have to ask around to find these. These materials are, however, an excellent way of reducing the environmental impact of your relocation and many can be used time and time again.

Some prominent examples of environmentally friendly packing materials include bubble wrap that contains post-consumer recycled plastic, cushioning peanuts produced with biodegradable cornstarch and wrapping paper produced with recycled paper.

Disposing of waste at home or work

When you relocate to a new home or place of work you’ll probably leave a lot of things behind. It’s natural to discover how much you really don’t really need any more when relocating, plus throwing out things that you no longer have any use for can reduce the cost of hiring a removalist in Sydney because you might be able to get away with hiring a smaller vehicle for your relocation.

Holding a garage or yard sale before relocating is a great way to find new homes for your no longer wanted possessions, and the money it generates can be put toward the cost of the relocation or spent on decking out your new home or office.

If you find that after holding a garage or yard sale that there are still items remaining, look at donating them to a local charity, or if they’re the kind of things that no one will have any use for, then look for a means of recycling them or if necessary, a hazardous waste disposal centre for harmful or toxic items requiring special disposal.

Author Bio:
Quick and Easy Removals is a removalist in Sydney that aims to provide experience, professionalism, and top rate services for home and office relocations.

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