Alberta is home to gorgeous mountain landscapes, rolling prairies, and bright blue skies – all courtesy of our friend mother nature. This summer, we all want to do our part to protect our beautiful province and reduce our environmental impact. In this blog, we’ll share 6 ways to make your Calgary local move sustainable.

1. Use Earth Friendly Moving Supplies

Look for 100% recyclable boxes and paper when packing for your move. You can reach out to local businesses to see if they have used boxes they are willing to sell, or even our local moving company to see if they sell used (good condition) boxes at a discounted rate!

2. Donate!

Moving is a great time to downsize your belongings and clear out the clutter. Instead of tossing your old clothes or furniture, consider donating it to local charities or organizations. This will prolong the life cycle of your goods, allowing you to feel good about your positive community investment and help out others in need.

Saving items from heading to the landfill gives them a chance at a new life – besides donating, you could consider putting your items on consignment or selling them on local Facebook groups.

3. Carefully Recycle Electronics

Look into municipal and federal standards on disposing of E-waste, this includes old computers, printers, and other electronics that may contain batteries or electrical components. These items need to be handled carefully to prevent environmental damage. Check your local recycling depot for an electronic station, or keep an eye out for E-waste pickups in your community.

4. Wrap Breakables in Clothes & Linens

A great way to reduce the use of plastics like bubble wrap is to use clothes and linens to protect your belongings. If you run out of linens, using recycled paper is another great way to protect those items during the moving process.

5. Hire A Local Calgary Moving Company

When you move yourself, you will likely be taking multiple trips in your vehicle which will increase your fuel emissions. When you hire a local moving company like Matco, they will use the best size truck to move your belongings in one or potentially two trips (depending on the size of your move). This will ultimately speed up the time it takes to move your home and will reduce the fuel emissions from your personal vehicle.

6. Consciously Donate Any Unwanted Food

Generally, a large amount of food is thrown away during a move. Some need to be thrown away like old Christmas baking in the back of your freezer, but some can be donated. Matco Moving Solutions is a member of Move For Hunger which collects any unwanted food during your move and brings it right to your local foodbank.

Looking For Your Perfect Local Moving Company?

Matco Moving Solutions can help you with your locallong-distance or international move. We are a full-service moving company that is dedicated to delivering a stress-free and positive moving experience. We have locations in Toronto, Kitchener, Calgary, Edmonton, Yellowknife, Whitehorse and Inuvik and over 55 years of moving experience and expertise.

Contact us today for a free moving quote and to learn how Matco can help you with your local move.