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New Home? 7 Tips for Starting Out Right

Time 3 min read · May 15, 2019

By Shirley Swift

New Home? 7 Tips for Starting Out Right

Reduce, Recycle and Simplify Your Move

New Home? 7 tips for starting out right. Seriously excited? Or seriously stressed? While moving into your new home is an amazing adventure, it’s also full of fusses and faffs and inner conflicts. Believe it or not, here’s where reducing and recycling can help you on your way…Here are some ideas:

Wrap with newspapers

newspaperSwap plastic or bubble wrap for old newspapers to simplify your packing and your waste.

Make sure you keep these separate when you unpack and bring them down to your local recycling centre.

Pack with… pasta?

penne-pastaThat’s right. Pasta (dry and in a sealed packet of course) is one of many alternatives to plastic and polystyrene cushioning to tuck into boxes and protect your objects from moving around in transit.

You could also use sealed bags of rice, cous cous, lentils, nuts, sugar…

Don’t forget the towels

towel-clothes-hanger

Obviously.

And remember that towels, blankets, cloths, pillows, sheets and other soft textiles can also be used to cushion small and breakable objects instead of the mess of plastic wrap.

Get to know your new bins

binsOne of the first things to do when you move in is get familiar with your new bin system.

What colour are they? When are they collected? What can go into each of them? What can’t?

This will stop waste accidently piling up and getting in the way during your first few weeks (while you have 100million other things to think about…)

Set-up a System

wastebasketsGet a system in place for recycling as soon as you move in. If it’s there from the start, you’re more likely to stick to it.

Pop a few more wastebaskets around your house bathroom for different types of recycling and food waste so less ends up in landfill.

Set-up an Unpacking Station

boxesMoving comes with a lot of packaging.

Sorting it all out into separate bags and boxes (soft plastics, hard plastic, cardboard etc…) as and when you unpack will make things much easier when it comes to disposing of it.

Don’t be tempted to chuck everything into your black bin – it isn’t worth the fuss of overfilling it!

Sort it, and bring it down to your local recycling centre.

Find your local

bin-with-recycling-logoKnow your new post-code yet? Then find your nearest recycling centre now by following the link below. 

Likelihood is that with all of that packaging, a few left-behinds and some actually-we-don’t-need-thats you’re going to need to make a few visits while you move in.

Getting into the habit of making a regular trip will start you off with a great habit that will make staying organised a lot easier in the future.

And if you’re new to the area, getting out to your local recycling centre is a great excuse to have a look around, get orientated, and meet some people from your local community.

Find your local household recycling centre

Make your visit faster and easier by pre-sorting your waste into different recyclables before you visit the household recycling centre.

Click the ‘Where’s yours?’ button below and find your nearest Household Recycling Centre.

Food waste

If your rubbish bin is overflowing with leftovers, vegetable peelings, and tea bags, why not put it on a diet? It’s easy to do. Recycling your food waste instead of putting it in the bin only takes a little effort and is an easy way to help protect the environment and save your local council money they can spend on local services.

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