How to Get Rid of Cardboard Boxes

how to get rid of cardboard boxes

Nearly 100 billion cardboard boxes are manufactured in the U.S. each year, but only 75% are recycled. Aside from mail packaging, moving is undoubtedly responsible for one of the biggest portions of cardboard box use. It’s difficult to move and not end up with a plethora of empty cardboard boxes after you’ve finished unpacking. You’re not planning to move again for a while, and saving them wouldn’t be worth sacrificing the space to store them. When it comes down to it, (unless you’re getting creative and making halloween costumes out of them) there are 4 ways to get rid of cardboard boxes that all avoid the landfill.

How to Get Rid of Cardboard Boxes:
4 Options to Avoid the Landfill

1. Ask Friends and Family

Before you try recycling them, ask your friends and family if they or someone they know will be moving soon and are in need of cardboard boxes. A simple post on Facebook could do the trick. If you live in an apartment building, ask management if anyone is moving soon and could use your boxes. You might even be able to place them in or near the rental office with a sign that says “FREE”. You could also do the same thing at the end of your driveway on a nice, sunny day.

2. Slowly Recycle Them

Chances are, you don’t have access to a large recycling dumpster into which you can throw 30-50 cardboard boxes. If you do, utilize that! If not, your next option is to start recycling them slowly. Put a few out each week with your regular recycling. The only caveat being you need to have plenty of time and space to hold onto these boxes as you recycle them week by week. If you don’t have that luxury, your next option is to…

3. Take Them to a Local Recycling Facility

Most cities have a recycling center. Give them a call or look on their website to find out when and how you can drop off your copious amounts of cardboard boxes. This option might seem like a waste, but if you can’t find someone who can use them, you’re wasting potential storage or living space in your house. And recycling is always better than the landfill. 

4. Hire a Local Junk Removal Company

If you just want someone to quickly get rid of these cardboard boxes and dispose of them responsibly, then this is the option for you. Hire a local junk removal company like Moving U & Junk U. Simply schedule an appointment, and we’ll stop by and quickly get all of the cardboard boxes out of your way. Your boxes will be responsibly recycled without having to sacrifice any time or space in your home.

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3 Steps For Quick And Easy Cardboard Box Removal

  1. Get Your Price
    Our all inclusive pricing is volume based. We’ll give you an estimate for your cardboard box removal ahead of time so you know what to expect on the day of your pick up.
  2. Schedule Your Junk Removal
    We know you probably want the cardboard boxes removed as soon as possible, so we’ll always try to accommodate with same or next day service. But even if you’re planning removal for a month from now, give us a call, text, or email. We’ll schedule your junk removal so you don’t have to worry about it.
  3. Say Goodbye to Your Unwanted Boxes
    Our friendly junk removal crew will give you a call half an hour before your arrival window to let you know what time you should expect them. They’re also trained movers, so they can safely remove the cardboard boxes from your home. You won’t have to lift a finger (except maybe to show us where the boxes are located).

Bonus Step:

If you have any other items you need removed, we can remove them along with your cardboard boxes. Some of our most popular removed items are:

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