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Cardboard moving box waste generated by North Delta

January 23rd, 2011

Have you ever given any thought to the amount of cardboard waste that is produced simply by moving?

According the stats posted by the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board – Statistic Archives; in 2010, 642 Residential Properties were sold in the North Delta area. These figures reflect the home sales only and do not touch on rental property move in and move outs.

    • Detached – 522 homes were sold
    • Townhome – 88 homes were sold
    • Condominum – 32 homes were sold

In researching a few online moving box estimators (pods.com and boxshop.ca) we have estimated that the average weight of a cardboard box is 1.3lbs. The approximate amount of boxes needed to relocate the above homes is as follows:

    • Detached - 60 cardboard boxes of various sizes
    • Townhome – 40 cardboard boxes of various sizes
    • Condominium – 20 cardboard boxes of various sizes

Based on these figures, we estimate that the North Delta home sales in 2010 would have generated a need for the  following amount of cardboard boxes:

    • Total Cardboard Boxes – 35,480
    • Total Weight (lbs) - 46,124
    • Total Weight (metric tons) – 20.92

Some of these boxes may have been passed on to friends or family and may have been put to use again, but eventually
they would have made their way to our local Transfer Stations to be shipped off for recycling, incineration or dumped in our local landfills. Residents of North Delta can make a significant contribution to the Zero Waste Challenge by simply choosing a faster, easier, cleaner and cost effective alternative to the use of wasteful cardboard boxes for their next relcation projects. It’s called Boxless Moving and it’s not new, in fact it has been the norm in the UK and Australia for nearly 2 decades. It is however, a young concept in North America and there are at least half a dozen companies in the Lower Mainland such as, It’s Your Move, that will deliver and pickup re-usable moving crates and supplies to your home or office.

I’m not sure why this strategy hasn’t been included as one of the strategies in the Zero Waste Challenge, but it should.

 

Move box free and save a tree!

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