How To Reduce Waste When Moving

When it comes to moving home, organisation is absolutely crucial. From packing your belongings into the right boxes to making sure all the relevant paperwork is signed and the appropriate organisations have been informed, keeping on top of things can help make the whole process a lot smoother. Something that can often be neglected amongst the chaos, though, is the amount of waste we generate. In this article, we’re going to look at how you can keep your relocation eco-friendly.

Be smart with your belongings

Although it’s not obvious at the time, the more we move, the more fuel is required to move it. If you pack your car or moving van to the brim with boxes, it is going to use up more fuel to shift the heavy load, so be smart. Only move things that you know you want to take with you to your new place; have a think about whether or not you need that extra box of clothes – consider recycling them or donating them to charity instead. 

Avoid too many trips

Repeat trips are part and parcel of a move – you’re not going to be able to transport your life in one journey, so don’t feel bad for taking multiple drives. However, you can certainly reduce the number of trips back and forth with careful planning – sort your belongings before transporting them, and work out what can be left behind and what needs to be taken. This saves you coming back for that extra dining room chair that you forgot to take in the first place, and helps reduce the amount of pollutants pumped into the atmosphere. 

Veto your vehicle

Continuing the transport theme, the choice of vehicle can have a significant impact on the amount of trips you need to take. Moving your things by car may require several trips, but if you can book the services of a removals company, their large vehicles can deal with bigger loads, which means fewer trips will be required. Reliable, trusted companies like Darvills of Leeds have fleets of vehicles of varying sizes, ready to cater for moves of all scales. 

Second hand packing materials

We’re not talking tatty old boxes that are hanging by a thread here, but if you can access some used packing materials in good condition, then by all means use them. You’ll be surprised at how many people have usable cardboard boxes lying around – simply asking around your friends, family and neighbours can give you plenty. What’s more, once you’ve finished your moving process, you can donate the boxes to another mover!

Don’t fritter away your food

Depending on where you’re moving to and how long the journey is, some of the food in your cupboards and fridge may not survive the journey. Work out what can be saved and what you’d like to take with you, and then make a plan for the rest. If it’s still in date but you don’t want to take it with you, consider either putting it into a meal for you and your family (if possible), or donate it to food banks if you can, rather than throwing it away.

Moving home is a big task, and it’s going to be almost impossible to make it a completely ‘green’ process. However, as you can see, there are things you can do to help reduce your impact on the environment and even give others a little helping hand in the process. 


For reliable, high quality removals in Leeds and Wakefield, look no further than Darvills of Leeds. With over 100 years of experience in moves of all sizes, we’re perfectly placed to help you relocate. Get in touch with us to find out more.