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How to get rid of your boxes after moving house

You're in your new home, all your stuff is unpacked and it almost feels like everything's returned to normal - apart from the huge stack of empty moving boxes.

How to get rid of your boxes after moving house

Moving and unpacking your worldly possessions into your new home is the hard part, and you probably feel that getting rid of all of those empty moving boxes afterwards should be relatively straightforward. But if they're in good condition and you don't want to just chuck them away, it might be hard to know what to do with all those storage containers you've accumulated, especially if you're a First Time Buyer and have never encountered this problem before.

Here is a list of suggestions to help you put your well-used moving boxes to good use.

Return them

If your packing materials were provided by your moving company, you'll often find they're happy to take them back once the move is complete. Depending on the condition they'll either recycle or reuse them.


This global network of people ‘giving away stuff for free in their own towns’ is a great way of keeping re-usable items out of landfill. If your moving boxes can still be used again for storage or for another house move then it may be a good idea to promote your boxes to your local member group.

Green bin

If your moving boxes are recyclable you could simply pack them flat to be taken with the recycling bins. If you have too many to be stood outside your house then you could always drive them to your nearest refuse site and drop them off in the ‘green’ bins where advertised.


Do you know of friends or other family members who are preparing a house or flat move? If your moving boxes are still in good condition you could donate them to your loved ones to help them on their way. If you're not sure if anyone needs them, you could always post on social media and ask friends and family to share it. If no one says they need them within a week, simply recycle them.


If your moving boxes are still in excellent condition and you paid good money to use them as storage on your own moving day you may wish to try and sell them on to another good home. This is an especially good idea if you opted for reusable plastic crates instead of disposable cardboard ones. Newspaper classifieds and noticeboards in local shops are great places to advertise your boxes.

Got any more ideas on what to do with your unwanted boxes? Let us know in the comments below!

Updated March 2020

Comments (4)

  • ManandVan

    posted on 24 Oct 2012

    Its always good to ring up your removal company and they will hapilly take them from you and if the boxes are in good condition you might be able to sell them for some profit.

    Bonnie John

    posted on 26 Dec 2012

    Nice article, In fact very nice. Another good way is to Create decorations with removals box Making things with removals boxes seems like a ridiculous idea but when you Google “cardboard boxes art” in images, you will find a lot of innovative ideas which you can use and create something which will look fabulous.

    Moving Every Where

    posted on 12 Mar 2018

    Due to the increase in cost of cardboard the cost of boxes has gone up, so have the RRP on boxes. We are now offering loan boxes where the customers by at RRP then once unpacked and flattened then we will collect the boxes and offer 25% of the cost of the boxes, or if they return to the warehouse we will give 50% of the cost back. This way the customer gets some money back, we get to re-use the boxes and the boxes are recycled for another customer, thus reducing the need to keep buying new boxes. Recycling is best for the environment too.

    Sheryl Hughes

    posted on 5 Nov 2019

    We offer our boxes on a free loan basis. This way we get them back and can reuse or recycle them. This helps to keep costs down and and helps the environment too. If people move away from our area we ask them to call local companies to see if they would like to reuse them.

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