Zero-Waste Tips for Moving House

Although moving to a new house is an exciting experience, there is a lot of waste that is produced. Moving can have a big environmental impact, from packing materials to unwanted things. However, with the appropriate technique, it is possible to reduce waste and make your move more environmentally friendly. Given the value of effective waste management nowadays, how do you maintain zero waste while moving?  In this blog, we have listed some zero-waste tips to keep in mind when you are relocating.

Zero-Waste Tips for Moving House

Examine the Items

Examine the Items

The fewer goods you have to pack and move, the fewer boxes you’ll need, and possibly the smaller the moving truck. Before packing your belongings for the move, go over them all. Set aside clothes you no longer wear, duplicate items, stuff you no longer use or need, and decor that will not work in your new house. Sell these items, donate them to a local thrift store, or find suitable recycling methods.

Reuse Boxes

Even if you use your plastic storage containers, you may need some moving boxes. Instead of buying and wasting new boxes, consider extending the life of those that have already been used. Keep the boxes for packing if you order online. You can request that your friends and neighbours keep theirs as well. Make sure they save any bubble wrap they receive so that you can reuse it. If this still does not provide enough boxes, ask local retail stores about donating their used boxes. Do not use boxes from any food industry, as they may contain waste and bacteria.

Use Eco-Friendly Packing Materials

Use Eco-Friendly Packing Materials

Keep away from packing peanuts, bubble wrap, and other single-use plastics that are frequently used in moving. Rather, use environmentally friendly packing supplies like fabric leftovers, recycled newspapers, or biodegradable packing peanuts. In order to wrap fragile items, you can also use blankets, clothes, and towels, which eliminates the need for additional materials.

Plan Your Meals to Minimize Food Waste

As moving day approaches, make an effort to plan your meals strategically to minimise food waste. Use up the food in your cupboard, refrigerator, and freezer, and avoid buying too many items in the days before your move. Give perishable goods to neighbours or a food bank if you have any that you won’t be able to eat yourself.

Set Up a Recycling Station at Your New Home

Recycling Station

Set aside a certain space in your new house for recycling before you begin unpacking. Sort recyclable products into recycling containers or boxes, including paper, glass, metal, and plastic waste. You can ensure that your new house stays environmentally friendly from the outset by prioritising recycling from the start.

Sell Off items for Cash

Since money is never wasted, why not turn your waste into money? You’ll find specific items when you declutter that you no longer need but are too valuable to part with for free. Don’t worry about it. You understand that everyone possesses some of those items. Selling valuable things is a great way to keep waste to a minimum. You can completely disregard donations and have your old stuff offered if you are in dire need of money and cannot afford to provide anything at all. Online sales or a garage sale are two ways you may achieve this.

Be Mindful of Hazardous Waste

Be Mindful of Hazardous Waste

It is usual to find things like outdated batteries, paint, and cleaning supplies that qualify as hazardous waste during a move. These things need to be handled carefully, and local laws must be followed while disposing of them. Before you relocate, find out how hazardous waste can be safely disposed of in your new location.

Conclusion

Moving to a new house offers a chance to tackle the process with a focus on sustainability.  We hope these zero-waste moving tips have helped you find ways to reduce your household waste throughout your move.