The main three things of a military move consist of: boxes, paper and tape.
If we’re trying to recycle last and refuse, reuse and reduce first, I feel pretty good about this move.
Refusing moving boxes was out, but I tried to get rid of stuff at the GoodWill before we left Norfolk, reducing the amount of boxes we needed. Well, I could have gotten rid of more, but my man wasn’t around and I like to go over with him what I’m throwing out first so he doesn’t claim I’m getting rid of all his stuff when he’s out to sea. I’ve talked about it, but never done it…..he’s a bit of a pack rat. But we’re working on that. 🙂
Tom, the mover/driver said he and his company are up and down I-95 constantly and would be more than willing to swing by and pick up the boxes once we unpacked. They reuse them, because it saves them money. I was thrilled to hear it.
My brother-in-law’s girlfriend is also moving and needs boxes and paper. She asked if she could use ours. Reusing! I told her to take as many as she needs (paper too) and we’ll get them back when she’s done and pass them back to Tom the mover/driver. Reusing x2!
Moving into a smaller house, we’re downsizing and getting rid of more items and passing them on to the GoodWill. (My man’s here to go through things with me, and I’m very proud of him. He’s gotten rid of many items of clothing he hasn’t worn in 3 years!) We transported the items in the lovely boxes.
The tape…..at first I was pulling it off and tossing it. There’s no way to reuse tape that I know of. My husband said he leaves the tape on the boxes when he returns them to the driver. One less thing to throw away.
So, this move has been pretty waste free, and when it’s all said and done, the next family who uses the boxes will probably leave the paper and boxes out for the city to pick up. That’s the only thing you can do with that many boxes if you don’t return them to the company. The city recycles them.
The tape is the only catch….but I don’t know how to get around that one….any ideas?
Not feeling so bad about moving! 🙂
Do any of you have any stories to share about moving?
- Research Project Part 3: Lets recycle! (envirowriters.wordpress.com)
- Another military move….for the compost bin. (militaryzerowaste.wordpress.com)
- Moving? Box Rental Company Good Boxes Delivers and Eliminates the Cardboard Waste (treehugger.com)