So you are moving; you probably have a lot of work ahead of you. Don’t forget that even during your move, you can make choices that can help you be green and save green (and save your back!). For starters, the less stuff we accumulate in the first place the less we have to pick up and move elsewhere – so fighting the pack-rat urge and only shop for items that are essential to your living and lifestyle. One can lessen their environmental footprint when moving by giving away or selling any non-essential items. Books can be donated to libraries and charities will gladly take unwanted, useful items and clothing.  Consider holding an old fashioned yard sale. Don’t have time for a yard sale? Try selling your items online through websites such as Craigslist, the online Monterey County Weekly, or Freecycle.org. Also remember, there is more to moving green than just moving. Make sure to use only eco-friendly cleaning products when scrubbing down the old place.

Tips for Moving

Money Saving Tip!
When you know you will be moving, start weeks ahead in collecting useful items like boxes, bubble wrap, and other packing materials. This will save you money and conserve resources. Many retail stores are happy to give away large cardboard boxes they no longer need and would have to otherwise discard or recycle. Chose to reuse instead of wasting your money buying items for one time use.

Junk Mail Tip!
File a temporary change of address with your post office rather than a permanent one to cut down on junk mail at the new place. The U.S. Postal Service sells lists of permanent address changes to direct marketers, but doesn't bother doing so with temporary addresses.

Moving Can Create Lots Of Extra “Stuff” To Get Rid Of
When tenants move in or out, they usually find themselves with additional items to dispose of, such as packing materials and unwanted household goods. Here are some ideas of what to do with items that have not quite exhausted their useful life:

Moving Boxes
Reuse: Post online to give them away: www.831classified.com or www.freecycle.org (join the Monterey/Salinas FreeCycle group). If moving out, this is a great way to find free boxes.
Recycle: Flatten and take to the building’s recycling area.  Do you have a lot of boxes? No problem!  All Salinas Valley Recycles locations accept your flattened cardboard boxes for recycling at no cost.  Click here for a list of their locations.

Polystyrene Packing Peanuts (commonly known as “Styrofoam”):
Reuse: Drop off at a mailing center (like FedEx or UPS).

Newspaper And Packing Paper:
Recycle: Place in your residential or apartment complex recycling container.

Bubble Wrap:
Reuse: Try local packaging stores and mailing centers to see if they accept it, or advertise on www.craigslist.org, www.831classified.com or www.freecycle.org.
Recycle: When all else fails, place into a clear plastic bag, tie at the top and place in your residential or building’s recycling container.

Household Items In GOOD Condition (furniture, books, electronics, appliances and clothing):
Reuse: Drop off for donation at local reuse organizations.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) And Non-Working Electronics:
[Click here] to learn more about HHW
This includes all chemicals, paints, fertilizers, cleaners, etc. that you no longer, want or need (free to residential customers).

Services for a fee:

This shouldn't have to be said but, sadly, we must:

Please do not dump your garbage, mattresses, furniture, or appliances on our beautiful Salinas Valley roadways.  Illegal dumping is just plain wrong!  Don’t leave your garbage for someone else to deal with.  In the end, the fees catch up with everyone through higher disposal fees and higher taxes.  Whether you realize it or not, we all pay for the costs associated with illegal dumping.

LARGE Household Items In POOR Condition (broken furniture, mattresses and box springs, etc.):
Dispose: Never place large items such as sofas, tiers or mattresses in a dumpster or leave them by your waste enclosure. Call your property manager to arrange for a special pick-up. Or take it to the one of the many Salinas Valley Recycles locations for recycling or landfill disposal.

Refrigerators and large appliances:
[Click here] to learn how PG&E will remove and pay you for recycling your old refrigerator (still in working order).

[Click here] if you are an apartment complex owner or manager who would like to learn more about PG&E appliance rebates for multi-family homes.

Mattresses:
Recycle: Salinas Valley Recycles disposal sites accept mattresses for recycling.  Mattresses cannot be landfilled.

Salinas Valley Recycles Sun Street Transfer Center
139 Sun Street, Salinas, CA 93901 831-424-5535

Salinas Valley Recycles Johnson Canyon Landfill
31400 Johnson Canyon Road, Gonzales, CA 93901 831-675-2165

Salinas Valley Recycles Jolon Road Transfer Station
52654 Jolon Road, King City, CA  93930 831-385-6213

Toner Printer Cartridges
Printer Cartridges that cannot be mailed back to the manufacturer with an enclosed prepaid shipping label can be dropped off at the following locations for recycling:
Office Max
1241 N. Davis Road, Salinas, 831-755-0990