I know that the University and the Students Union receive quite a few large boxes for the society gear among other things, and I think rather than being thrown away (or recycled) they should be collected for students to use when they move. That way the boxes would continue to be used and could be recycled when they are unusable. Alternatively, perhaps the University can provide guidance from where we could get boxes (the stores I have asked at have all been unhelpful, which is where I was advised to go when asked).
As a student, some of us have to move our belongings in and out of accomodation every year. The boxes that would otherwise go to waste could provide a cheap alternative to students buying extra boxes to move, and may be helpful for other realms of the university too.