Relocations rarely seem to be synonymous with “environmental-friendliness”. Whether we think of the gasoline used to make multiple trips or the old items we are forced to leave behind due to lack of space, the ecological footprint left behind after a move can be significant.
However, reducing one’s ecological footprint is not impossible. This is why we are offering here some valuable tips for a greener move.
Before a move, a choice is necessary: a new place of residence. This choice can also be the subject of an « ecologically responsible » decision.
If you wish to reduce your ecological footprint, first consider the location of your new home. Is it near your place of work? Is it able to limit your daily commute?
If so, you will help to reduce your gas emissions whenever you use your car, saving money from gasoline costs.
For a « greener move », follow these steps:
Storage is a crucial step in every move and some steps can be taken to make it more eco-friendly.
Appeal to those around you: your family and friends may have certain boxes that you can use. Ask shopkeepers in your neighborhood if they have boxes they want to get rid of. In any case, avoid as much as possible the purchase of new boxes.
An eco-center is a waste recovery center that allows you to safely, responsibly, and efficiently dispose of various waste.
The latter, according to the materials they consist of, are then recycled, recovered, reused, or eliminated.
The operation of an eco-center is relatively simple:
Be aware that there is no charge for so-called « bulky items » (such as furniture, appliances, mattresses, tires, paint, or electronic and computer equipment).
For dry materials (Christmas trees, branches, construction materials, demolition debris, etc.), you can dispose of up to 3 m2 per year, per house. More than that, there may be charges imposed.
If you reside in Quebec City, for a detailed list of acceptable and prohibited materials, consult the website of Quebec City.
The Montreal area has 7 eco-centers, located in the following boroughs:
For Quebec, you can find the eco-centers in the following locations:
Be aware, however, that most cities (sometimes even towns) have their own eco-center. You will always have a place nearby where you can dispose of your waste safely and in a responsible manner.
Choosing to use an eco-centre is a wise and responsible decision!
As you can see, « moving out » does not necessarily mean « environmental waste ». It is possible to pack goods and transport them in an eco-friendly way, as well as to prepare your new home with products and materials that respect the environment.
If you wish to go green but you don’t have all the resources to make it happen, hiring an eco-friendly moving company is a smart choice.
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