How to Get Rid of Cardboard Boxes

If you are planning a move, you will find that cardboard boxes are a great resource for carrying your belongings from one place to another.

Once the move is over, you will still have to get rid of the boxes.Once the move is over, you will still have to get rid of the boxes.
Once the move is over, however, you may be left with a lot of unwanted boxes. While the quickest method to get rid of them is to throw them away, there are several other ways you can dispose of them that are environmentally friendly.

Use websites, such as and to let people know that you have free cardboard boxes. Individuals who are interested can then contact you through email to set up a time and place to pick up the boxes.

Take the cardboard boxes to your local recycling center. Not only is recycling good for the environment, but some recycling centers even give money for cardboard boxes if you bring in enough of them.

Use the cardboard boxes as a form of compost. Since cardboard boxes are biodegradable you can simply tear them down and add them to the compost pile.

Use the cardboard boxes in your outdoor fireplace. Tear the boxes into smaller pieces and use for kindling or as a supplement to your wood supply.

Set the cardboard boxes at the end of your driveway with a "free" sign next to them. Pick a weekend when there is higher traffic on your road and watch your boxes disappear. Also pick a clear day so the boxes won't be rained on.


  • Some boxes are held together with staples. Use caution when tearing boxes with your hands as the staples can puncture the skin.

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Based in Atlanta, Casey Kennedy has been writing online content since 2009. She specializes in writing about small business, careers, real estate, and ecommerce. She also enjoys writing about a variety of other subjects, including home improvement, gardening, and pet care. She attended the Academy of Art online, studying interior architecture and design while pursuing commercial flight training at Aviation Atlanta in Georgia.