Green Moving Tips

4 Jan 2013 8:22 PM | Anonymous

Commercial Relocation Network members are dedicated to the green initiative and at our yearly meetings have been brain storming ideas to make the office moving process more sustainable. Ideas from using eco-friendly materials to bio-diesel to liquidation of excess items to the most important and yet simplest is to organize your company’s relocation as early as possible.

Begin the process with identifying items that do not need to be moved, you can save money and time by de-clutting prior to your office relocation. Excess office furniture can be repurposed to many donation sources for use by a needy family or if good enough condition they could sell for some green for their charity. Office liquidators can buy large lots of furniture in good condition working with you to determine a reasonable purchase price and inventory. Lastly recycle broken metal file cabinets and old files that can be shredded. Your CRN member has a long list of companies that specialize each of these areas and can assist you in keeping items from the landfill.

A common error is throwing out computer equipment which contains hazardous materials and is illegal to toss into the trash. CRN members can arrange the recycle of old technology, document the destruction of that hard drive or that old monitor that is out dated.
Starting with what is used to pack up the items for your office relocation renting the moving crates for the files and office contents helps eliminate the waste of the traditional cardboard carton. Made from recycled plastics to the crates are more secure ( lockable) and most hold at least 21/2 cartons worth of material. The cardboard cartons and move protection is something the mover can recycle and save from dumping into already full landfills.

Commercial Relocation Network members can assist you in the most important solution for saving green ! Preplanning the relocation process can help focus your efforts to identify excess furniture, files to be shredded or the store room of old computers. Next is to conduct packing instructional meeting with the office mover so all employees properly utilize packing materials and not be wasteful, not only saving rental costs but labor costs by moving less thereby saving lots of green cash.

Start working as soon as possible with your CRN member to accomplish the most sustainable move possible and an organized move will also save your company the most important green – DOLLARS ! Don’t wait till the lease is signed or construction is done be proactive and get your office mover involved early to help you organize the office relocation.

Ed Kucab
Director of Commercial Relocations

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