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Colorado Moving Tip: How to Make Your Move Eco-Friendly

April 12, 2017

Are you planning on moving in the near future? From buying supplies and packing to contacting a Colorado moving company, there’s a lot to get done. But, you should try to make time to think about how you can make your move more eco-friendly. Get started by following these tips:

Donate unwanted items.

As you start packing up all of your stuff, you’re bound to encounter some things that you no longer need. Instead of tossing these items in the trash, why not find a way to donate them? For example, if you clean out your closet and discover you have clothes that no longer fit, find a local non-profit organization that accepts clothing donations. This is a green way to get rid of the items you don’t want to bring with you to your new home.

Use recyclable materials.

Make an effort to only use recyclable materials to pack your belongings before a move so you don’t create a significant amount of waste. Cardboard boxes can be recycled, but other common supplies such as packing peanuts and bubble wrap cannot. However, many shipping stores will allow you to drop off packing peanuts so they can reuse them. If you have to use packing peanuts, call around and find a shipping store near your new home that offers this service.

You could also use reusable plastic storage containers instead of cardboard boxes. Pack your items in these containers, unpack everything once you’re at your new home, and then use the containers to organize your attic or basement.

Recycle hazardous items.

Did you know? Throwing items such as batteries and electronics in the trash can harm the environment. These items contain hazardous chemicals that will eventually leak into the environment when sitting in a landfill. If you come across any of these hazardous items during your move, be sure to recycle them responsibly instead of sending them to a landfill. Call your city’s sanitation department and ask for guidance on where to dispose of hazardous items. Learn more about why you should always recycle your old tech and other hazardous products.

Choose the right moving truck.

If you are renting a moving truck, be sure to choose the right size. Choosing a large truck when you could easily fit your items into a smaller sized one will harm the environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a small-sized truck will emit around 22 pounds of carbon dioxide per ten miles, however a large-sized truck will emit around 40 pounds of carbon dioxide per ten miles. Plus, moving truck companies tend to charge more for larger trucks, so you will also be wasting money if you choose a large size when a smaller size will do.

Now that you know how to make your move more eco-friendly, it’s time to get in touch with the packing professionals! Contact Eden’s Moving Company to discuss local and long distance moving services. Call us today to learn more about our services and request a quote.