Man Recycling Cardboard


Nowadays, everyone is looking for a way to re-use or recycle everything. Maybe it’s more of a Portland thing, but people are always asking about how to recycle their moving boxes once a move is complete.

We see that this is an important question. After all, once you have unpacked into your new home, you don’t want to be overwhelmed with excess boxes nor do you want to load the landfill with their bulk. Keep reading to pick up a few tips

Keep reading to pick up a few tips on how to recycle your boxes after a move.

Sell or Trade

One of the easiest ways to recycle moving boxes is to give them away. You might first post on social media to let your friends know that you have a plethora of moving boxes. Include a few photos so that your friends can get an idea of their size. You can choose to give them away or see if your friends have something to trade. You just might end up with a lovely huckleberry pie or, even better, a strawberry-rhubarb. But, we digress. If you don’t know many people in Portland, you might ask Priority Moving if they can help you recycle them. Of course, there is always Craigslist, where you can give them away for free or see if someone wants to purchase them. You might get a nice dinner from recycling used moving boxes – incredible!


You might use your cardboard boxes in the garden. If you have a couple of large boxes, you can use them to collect compost. As your compost begins to break down, it can take the boxes with it. You might also use the boxes to kill weeds. After you till up a patch of your yard, flatten your boxes and cover the ground with them. Soak them down with the hose and then cover them with mulch or compost. This is far healthier than using chemical herbicides and the cardboard moving boxes will even break down and provide nutrients to your flowers or vegetables – all-natural recycling will make you a true Portlander!

Charity Donation

Everyone needs boxes, including your local charities and churches. If your kids are in school, see if their teachers need boxes to store classroom items or for organization in the teacher’s workroom. Libraries may need boxes to help organize books for a sale or to ship items from one branch to the other. There’s no telling who might need a good, sturdy box with lots of life left in it. Give them a call and you’re sure to find someone who is very interested in them. If you are new to town, this may be a great way to explore your new community.

About Priority Moving Services

At Priority Moving Services, we specialize in residential moving in Portland as well as offer packing services and storage for what you can’t bring along with you on your move.

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