Recycling Moving Boxes

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Ahhh, you’re finally settled in to your new home, and started your new life. Thankfully there was a team of expert moving professionals who did all the hard work for you. But what should you do with all those extra empty moving boxes? You don’t want the trees they were made from to go to waste, right? Here’s some great ideas on how to recycle moving boxes.


Reuse Them

Since moving boxes are usually sturdy, reuse them for storage for items like holiday decorations, clothing only for certain seasons, or random ephemera. Just make sure to label them once you have restored them.


Give them away

If you know any friends or family who are about to move or are placing items in storage, give these boxes to them. Another possibility is sending these boxes to charities, who often need to box and deliver donations. You can also post on Craigslist to list these boxes for a free giveaway.



Create a clubhouse for your kids, dogs, or cats. Do fun craft projects, transforming boxes into puppets, floor pads, planters, or painted creative boxes. Kids might want to help as well, which helps them feel more comfortable settling into their brand new home.



Many sites allow for the sale of moving boxes – check out the U-Haul online forum, or ask local moving companies or shippers if they will buy or resell your moving boxes.


Recycle Them

Most local governments have programs to assist you recycle all sorts of moving materials. Look for a free stuff area, or simply tie the boxes up with rope and leave them outside for the recycling officials to pick up.



The process of composting has been widely taken up in many cities, allowing for fertile soil to be layered on top of already existing dirt or grass – which utilizes lots of newspaper and cardboard. SImply find your local community garden, and ask if they could use boxes for compositing.