The following tips will to help you protect the environment and reduce your carbon footprint before, during, and after your move.


  • Rinse disposable diapers before throwing them away.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
  • Recycle cardboard boxes after unpacking.
  • Use phosphate-free laundry detergent.
  • Recycle whenever possible.


  • Sweep instead of hosing down any driveways.
  • Use sand or kitty litter instead of salt on icy sidewalks.
  • Minimize paved surfaces on your property and retain as much vegetation as possible.
  • Use water-based products rather than solvent-based.
  • Reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides by using mulch and organic fertilizers instead.
  • Mow your lawn frequently to increase grass shoot density.


  • Keep your car tuned and serviced regularly.
  • Recycle and dispose of oil safely.
  • Wash your car on grass.
  • Keep a trash container in your vehicle to prevent littering.


  • Inquire with the Solid Waste Division in your county for disposal instructions for non-recyclable and non-hazardous waste.
  • Check with your county’s Solid Waste Recycling Division for instructions on disposing of recyclables.
  • Check the Solid Waste / Hazardous Wastes Division in your county for instructions on the disposal of paints, oil, pesticides, dyes, and coolants.
Tips for Moving Sustainably