Once the hustle and bustle of moving has slowed and you’ve unpacked all your belongings, there’s a good chance you’ll be left with a bunch of empty moving boxes. If these boxes are the last step of your moving journey, you’re probably ready to get rid of them.
You can always throw away your moving boxes after the big day. However, there are more environmentally friendly ways to dispose of your moving boxes. That’s why we’ve put together a few ways you can dispose of or use your boxes.
What should I do with my moving boxes?
1. Donate Your Moving Boxes to a Charity
Local libraries or schools may need heavy-duty boxes to store books. Call around to local businesses or post on your neighborhood app (like Nextdoor) to see if anyone needs extra boxes. (Pro tip: there is almost always someone looking for moving boxes.) This option may take a little extra time. However, if you find an organization in need, you can feel good about donating your boxes to a worthy cause!
2. Recycle the Boxes
If your cardboard moving boxes were damaged during the moving process, consider recycling them. Simply break them down and take them to a recycling bin or center.
Some cities pick up recyclable materials upon request. Check with your local recycling center to see if they provide similar services. Ask the center about any stipulations they have about acceptable boxes for recycling. For instance, they may require that boxes be flattened or shaped into a certain size. They may even require a certain number of boxes to qualify for pick-up services.
3. Use Moving Boxes at Home
Use some of your sturdier boxes to store certain items in your home. These boxes are often perfect for any belongings you want to keep in storage.
Consider breaking down the cardboard boxes and storing them for future use. For example, if you plan to move again in the near future, you may want to keep some of the moving boxes on hand. Boxes may also come in handy for wrapping presents for birthdays and other gift giving holidays!
If you have small children, you may want to use the boxes for creative art projects down the road as well. You can make tunnels, playhouses or dollhouses from large boxes, for example. Or, you could also use the boxes to make creative Halloween costumes.
4. Sell the Boxes
Many cities have companies who buy and sell moving boxes. Do a quick Google search to find any companies that do this near you. Once you’ve found a company that wants to buy your boxes, they will likely pick up the boxes from your home and pay you a small amount for each box.
You might also want to try selling your boxes on websites like BoxCycle or ContainerExchanger. These websites allow people to buy and sell used boxes for free! Most often, people can sell their boxes for $.50 to $1.50 per box. You could also give away or sell your boxes on Craigslist.
5. Give the Boxes Away
If you’re not interested in making a profit from your moving boxes, you can give them away. As stated above, you can give your boxes away on Craigslist or even Facebook Marketplace or Nextdoor. You can also keep an eye out for someone in your neighborhood that might be in need of boxes.
If you moved into an apartment complex, talk with the rental office and ask them to notify other tenants who might need moving boxes.
Find a Moving Company That Removes Boxes For You
When you make your move with Wheaton, we offer services from the start to the finish of your move. Your moving team will even remove cardboard boxes after unpacking your belongings. To move with Wheaton, get in touch with your local agent today!