Nowadays, we’re spending most of our time at homes, the enormous amount of trash that comes from households is undoubtedly higher than ever – as we declutter, we repair and tidy up our gardens at home. However, like many other things in our lives, the Covid crisis has had a significant impact on dumping large amounts of garbage. It becomes much harder to get rid of large trash, items are less likely to be recycled or reused, and the situation looks a lot worse before it gets better.
Below we take a look at how the coronavirus affects the disposal of items too large for your trash can. We offer some practical advice on what you can do. We looked at the latest advice from the government and waste management, and we also looked at what was happening to household waste in other parts of Europe.
How does the coronavirus affect the disposal of bulky waste?
Although waste disposal is classified’ as a primary service, many municipal facilities/recycling facilities for municipal waste are closed or closed to the public. It is because the CA/HWRC location is one that tends to lure large numbers of people to nearby places, and this makes it much more difficult with social distancing rules.
Social distancing and work safety have also influenced traditional ways to reuse, such as eBay and charities. The argument is that it seems absurd to risk the lives of people who buy or trade old sofas and appliances. For example, the British Heart Foundation – the UK’s largest collection reuse organization – has completely shut down its furniture and equipment collection services.
Besides, local authorities are required to reduce or stop their bulky garbage collection services for householders. For example, Gloucestershire, Southwark, and Staffordshire are the areas. The reasons are lack of social distancing and more operational capacity. A significant percentage of workers unemployed due to self-isolation or quarantine, council services need to be reduced to the most critical level. And a natural collection of old mattresses or dishwashers is not as important as taking out’ ordinary trash and food scraps.
Three ways to collect bulky waste during the Covid crisis
What can and should you do with your old junk in the midst’ of the COVID-19 crisis when your tip closes; the council no longer offers bulky garbage collection or skip hire services?
The first and easiest way is to stop the production of massive waste! We know right now this seems like an opportunity to clean your shed, remodel your yard, or upgrade your kitchen. So many of us stay at home with loved ones and a few other things to do – but the issue is that home improvement, decluttering, and garden work all generate waste, and that waste needs to be disposed of properly. In return, it requires people to come to your house to collect it. It leads to social interactions and therefore increases the risk of passing the virus to others. Not surprisingly, several councils began to urge their citizens to stop DIY. And there’s a second benefit. DIY causes accidents (especially if it’s DIY by people who don’t do DIY!), which means people go to the local hospital’s A&E department – everyone should avoid it, given the burdens of the NHS these days.
If you’ve already generated waste – or if it’s waste you can’t avoid (e.g., if you have a broken pipe and work waste needs to be removed), it’s pointless. It’s always a better choice to tidy up (perhaps with the help of a loose sack or tarp if it’s waste, and keep it as far away as possible for children, passers-by, etc., or yourself who are trespassing). And wait until the world pass through this to normality, and all activities restored.
The third option is to use a private waste contractor like Clearabee to dispose of your waste. Depending on the size, type, and urgency, you can use the service of man and the van or skip hire.
Please note that we have not included environmentally hazardous options for burning your waste. Despite the adage that the English house is his palace and there are very few laws against anyone burning almost anything they want in their garden, at Clearabee, we DO NOT burn your mattress or burn the old kitchen! Indeed, burning processed wood is harmful to the environment and the health of you and your neighbors.
Along with this problem, the country is in the middle of a respiratory disease epidemic. The last thing we have to do is increase air pollution! However, if you have enough space to light a fire, you have room to store waste and store it until normal operations resume. Maybe make a fire, but don’t light it – put a tarp on it and wait a few weeks.