Last month saw a huge collective de-cluttering with UK homes and businesses clearing space to accommodate improvement projects, booming demand and growth, according to Clearabee, the on-demand rubbish removal firm.
The UK generates around 75 million tonnes of waste each year according to DEFRA, with the highest volumes generally collected during spring and early summer. In January 2015, however, Clearabee experienced unprecedented demand for its services, removing 751 tonnes of domestic and commercial waste as demand for its services increased by 255 per cent year-on-year.
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- Most of Clearabee’s domestic work in January involved clearing sheds, gardens and garages. It removed more than 60 barbecues, 25 playhouses and several tonnes of outdoor furniture ahead of home improvement purchases.
- Many bars, restaurants and retail outlets experienced a busier January than anticipated and turned to Clearabee to clear over-flowing bin stores when they could not wait for scheduled services. Clearabee removed 297 tonnes of commercial waste during January, in some cases responding within hours to ensure customers could meet environmental health obligations to remain open.
- Other items removed from UK homes and businesses included 300 mannequins, 20 stage canons, eight tonnes of old newspapers a 10 ft stuffed grizzly bear and half a tonne of adult video tapes.
- Clearabee was also hired on 93 occasions by facilities management companies, housing associations and local councils to remove rubbish from fly-tips. It transported hundreds of illegally dumped Christmas trees, fridges and mattresses to waste transfer stations during January.
Daniel Long, founder and managing director at Clearabee, commented:
“Britain has started 2015 on a cleaner slate wanting to make smarter use of its space. Our work in January indicates that this is going to be a busy year for garden improvements, but we’ve also helped expectant parents clear rooms for new nurseries, stripped attics ahead of conversion work and emptied garages to make homes for new businesses. This kind of work usually peaks in the spring.
“Many of our commercial customers had a fantastic January and required more frequent waste collection than normal during January. Others are turning space previously used to store junk over to value adding activities.”