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Aug 03, 2018

How Do I Get Rid of My Moving Boxes and Packaging?

Summer is the time when most people like to move. The kids are out of school, the weather is nice, and they can settle into their new homes in time for the holidays.

Moving involves a lot of work. You have to sort through all of your possessions, deciding which ones are “move-worthy” and discarding, donating or passing along the rest. You have to pack up the items you are going to move both for ease of transport and protection against breakage or other damage.

This means boxes. And packing materials.

Once you arrive at your new location, you start to unpack. While you do, you try to figure out where to pile the empty boxes, wrapping papers, and bubble wrap. Some people toss it all into the garage until they can get rid of it. Others fill the corners of their rooms.

It can be a mess.

And once you have accumulated these massive piles of cardboard and paper, now what do you do with them? Most garbage haulers will have a fit if they see this huge pile. And you know that these materials are recyclable for the most part. But you don’t have the time or the energy to haul them, carload by carload, to the recycling center. Or want the handle the hassle of storing them, listing them on Craigslist, and dealing with answering the ad and arranging for pickup.

A few tips about recycling cardboard boxes

There are certain cardboard boxes that should not be recycled. Namely those with grease, like pizza boxes or other food containers. Most recycling centers will also not accept cardboard or other paper items when they are wet. You will need to store your boxes in a dry area of your home, and not in your yard. Packaging paper can be recycled, as can bubble wrap.

Packaging materials that cannot be recycled include some of the foam-based packaging materials. Look for the #6 recycling symbol—those are the foam items that can be recycled. Packing peanuts are now color-coded to make them more easily recognizable, with the green peanuts being the most environmentally-friendly. They are composed of 70% recycled materials. The traditional white and pink packing peanuts are generally not recyclable.

If you do have these materials, 123JUNK can haul them away and deliver them to the appropriate waste management site.

We have the solution to getting rid of moving boxes.  Call 123JUNK.

123JUNK is glad to help you on the packing end when you need to donate or dispose of items before you move. Then, call us again once you’ve settled in your new home to come and take away your moving boxes and packing materials and deliver them to the local recycling center.

123JUNK made a commitment and feel we have an obligation, to limit the impact trash makes on our environment. By calling us for your moving boxes—or other junk hauling—needs, you’ll be doing your part in protecting our planet Earth too.

Contact 123JUNK today to schedule your junk hauling pickup in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C.

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