Moving Tips & Tools

We understand there are many moving parts when relocating your life. That’s why Atlas® offers helpful tips and tools to ensure every step of your move goes as smoothly as possible.

Atlas® cannot move hazardous materials.

Hazardous materials that cannot be shipped during a moveBecause hazardous materials pose a threat to your household goods and to human safety, we cannot move them. So, before your possessions are packed and loaded, have a plan for giving away hazardous materials – or disposing of them safely.



These are dangerous or flammable materials that Atlas will not transport.

  • Flammable, corrosive, or Explosive items
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Acids
  • Fireworks
  • Paint Thinner
  • Aerosols
  • Gasoline
  • Paints
  • Ammonia
  • Household Batteries
  • Pesticides
  • Ammunition
  • Kerosene
  • Poisons
  • Car Batteries
  • Lamp Oil
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Charcoal
  • Liquid Bleach
  • Propane Tanks
  • Charcoal Lighter Fluid
  • Loaded Guns
  • Gun Reloading Supplies
  • Chemistry Sets
  • Matches
  • Scuba Tanks
  • Cleaning Solvents
  • Motor Oil
  • Sterno®
  • Darkroom Chemicals
  • Nail Polish
  • Weed Killer


How can you safely get rid of your leftover products? You may give them to a friend or neighbor who will use them, or take the products to a collection point for hazardous waste in your community. Your local or state health department can tell you where it is.

Online directories like Earth911 can help you find ways to recycle within your community.

Some products, such as pesticides, are extremely hazardous. They will even require special care for disposing of the container. Read the labels so you know what to do for each product.

  • Never dump hazardous products.
  • Never burn hazardous wastes, not even in a barrel or stove. Burning can cause toxic gases and make hazardous ash and smoke.
  • Recycle used motor oil and antifreeze. Many auto service centers and auto parts stores will accept used motor oil or antifreeze, or both.
  • Call to dispose of mercury, a threat to your health. Fluorescent light bulbs, thermometers, thermostats, and blood pressure meters all contain mercury. Call your local trash department or health department to find out where you can recycle these products.