Tips To Produce Less Waste During Home Moves

Today, it’s more important than ever to reduce our waste during home moves. With the planet always at risk, we should do whatever we can to reduce our carbon footprint. OCD Moving Services is committed to doing their part to preserve the only planet we have. For that reason, the Bay Area moving company offers junk removal services for customers making local or long-distance moves. OCD Moving Services understands that moving can be exhausting. Your to-do lists are never-ending, it’s hard to think of yet another thing to add to your to-do list. However, preparing for a local or long-distance move makes you take a hard look at your stuff. Do you need that “Seinfeld” box set? Now is an excellent time to clear out before you move out. Read on for tips on how to simplify your home move and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.

Purge Your Belongings Before You Move

One way to help you produce less waste and a less stressful move is to sort through your belongings. A few weeks before your home move, go through all of your drawers. Make sure to look at what you’re storing in the kitchen, bedroom, and beyond. Do an initial skim and determine what you no longer want and toss it. However, make sure you’re throwing it in the best way possible. For example, you can donate clothing that’s still in good condition. Large furniture can be scheduled for pick-up by the Salvation Army or Goodwill. If your items aren’t in good working condition and you want to throw it away, call OCD Moving Services. Furniture dumping in many cities is not allowed, and it’s also bad for the environment. OCD Moving Services can dispose of your larger unwanted items in an eco-friendly way.

Don’t Waste Food During Your Home Move

As far as food goes, anything unopened can go in a pile for a soup kitchen. However, any moldy condiments should be composted or washed down the drain. Also, make sure to either recycle or reuse the jars and bottles when you can. Lastly, stop buying new food in the weeks before your home move. Also, try and purchase minimal fresh groceries and anything that can quickly go to waste. Make use of what you had so you don’t waste food.

Purchase 100 Percent Recyclable Cardboard Boxes

The last thing you want to do when packing is to buy a bunch of plastic bins. Plastic bins are bad for the environment and rarely get adequately recycled. The best packing containers you can use are 100 percent recyclable cardboard boxes. You can typically purchase recyclable cardboard boxes from any home moving company, including OCD moving Services. Many people think collecting used cardboard boxes is better for the environment. However, used cardboard boxes aren’t good for your stuff. The sturdiest moving boxes you can get are brand-new ones. Don’t take the chance on breaking your items by using an unsteady moving box.

Use Old Newspaper Instead of Packing Paper

Not all packing paper is bad to use when preparing for a local Bay Area move. Most packing paper is already recycled. However, you can save yourself some money by using day-old newspapers from a local store. If you don’t want to worry that the ink is touching the dishes, you can use paper for padding. 

Ditch the Bubble Wrap and Packing Peanuts

There are many disadvantages to using bubble wrap when packing for your home move. First of all, bubble wrap can be costly. Additionally, many types of bubble wrap are toxic. Until 2008, bubble wrap’s ingredients included plastic polymer film, which is considered ecologically toxic. Plastic polymer film takes hundreds of years to disintegrate in landfills. There are now alternative bubble wrap brands that can break down in 90 days. However, some companies still use plastic polymer film. An alternative to using bubble wrap to pack fragile items is to use dish towels. Other rags, towels, linens, and even clothes work well for packing fragile items.

Keep Any Spare Bags

Have you ever started to think that maybe you’re hoarding too many bags? Well, when it comes to packing for a Bay Area move, these bags can come in handy. Bags, such as duffle bags, can be great to carry your clothes from one place to another. Those big blue bags from Ikea also work great to transport clothes or linens. You can even throw shoes and bathroom items in these giant bags. Using bags saves on boxes and saves on space. Any extra suitcases you own are also helpful for moving clothes and other things. 

Have hangers from the Dry Cleaners? Return Them

If you have clothes that you take to a dry cleaner, you likely have tons of wire hangers. Try only using the wood hangers, or real ones you purchased from a store. Then, return the metal ones to your local dry cleaner. We’re sure they’ll appreciate you returning the hangers, so they have more to use.

Recycle Soft Plastic

As you’re preparing for a local move, there’s no doubt you’ll have much plastic lying around. Save plastic grocery bags, mailer sleeves, non-food soiled plastic wrapping, and sleeves and recycle them. Other items you can recycle include newspaper bags, dry cleaning plastic, and thin plastic from tea, cheese, and household items. Check your local state’s recycling rules for other types of soft plastic you can recycle. Also, you can ask your local moving service about how to recycle other recyclables. OCD Moving Services will be happy to discuss any eco-friendly disposal concerns or questions you have.

Call OCD Moving Services for a Free Quote on an Eco-friendly move!

Are you planning a local or long-distance Bay Area move soon? Want to keep your home move eco-friendly? OCD Moving Services is your top-rated home moving services company in Northern California. We have over five years of experience executing local and long-distance moves for our clients. If you want help disposing of large unwanted items in an eco-friendly way, we can do that for you. Our goal is to make your move as seamless as possible. Moving should be an exciting experience, and we want to make it as easy for you as we can. We are a full-service moving company that can help you with all your moving needs. Our customer satisfaction rate sets us apart from any other local moving company in Northern California. We know the challenges of planning a local move, and we’re here to help. Call OCD Moving Services today for a free quote!

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