7 April 2020

Waste Removal: How are Clearabee still operating?

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Waste Removal: How are Clearabee still Operating?

These are unprecedented times and many local councils are not only cancelling bin collection services but also closing down Household Waste Recycling Centres, AKA tips. Many of Clearabee’s customers take the time to get in touch with us, enquiring as to how we are managing to continue providing essential waste removal services all across the UK.

The closure of many tips up and down the country is in order to restrict the close congregation of people, to assist with the enforcement of social distancing and to reduce unnecessary journeys. Not only is this implemented for the protection of the public, but also for the safety of the staff working on or visiting the site.

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So how do Clearabee continue to offer waste removal services across the nation?

Since 2013, Clearabee has built up an extensive network of contacts and connections, including those of some 600 commercial waste disposal facilities throughout the length and breadth of the UK. These Waste Transfer Stations differ from the local authority tips in that they are available only to commercial operators such as Clearabee.

Of course, the operation of Waste Transfer Stations, as well as the disposal of waste itself, is a critical service which is needed to keep the country running, reducing environmental hazards whilst increasing a good level of hygiene around us, which has never been as important.

The stations themselves not only meet the latest government guidelines which safeguard all of the individuals involved in the current situation, but they are also subject to a stringent audit at the hands of Clearabee’s compliance team. These audits ensure that the Waste Transfer Stations conform to the highest environmental and health and safety standards.


However, it goes without saying that as well as Clearabee, there are other registered waste carriers currently operating. This is precisely the reason that Clearabee goes above and beyond when it comes to inspiring confidence from our customers. This level of trust is of the utmost importance when fly-tipping figures are on the rise and the responsible disposal of waste isn’t always a given.

In order to inspire trust, upon the delivery of collected waste at the Waste Transfer Station, Clearabee electronically issues a Waste Transfer Note to the customer. This records the details of exactly what was collected, including the vehicle used and the waste which was removed. Upon the customer’s request, we can also provide details of which Waste Transfer Station has received the collection as well as the recycling or diverted from landfill rate, which Clearabee ensures is at least 95%.

This peace of mind enables Clearabee to remain the largest ‘man and van’ rubbish clearance company in the UK as well as the most reviewed service on TrustPilot.


Whilst we’re discussing peace of mind, let’s not forget the reason that local councils are cancelling bin collections and closing tips in the first place. These are the following precautions which Clearabee have implemented to ensure that our essential waste removal services can not only continue to operate but more importantly, that can keep our customers and staff safe:

Wherever possible to do so, waste should be placed outside to ensure that there is no close human interaction.

If this is not possible, waste should be contained in a separate room away from other people.

Clearabee will not collect if you are exhibiting symptoms, have previously been exposed to the virus or if you are isolating due to potential exposure.

Our team members are taking precautions and only attending work if they are fit to do so.

Most of our field teams are operating ‘solo’ to ensure social distancing is adhered to. If your clearance definitely requires two people, then please contact us to discuss this.

To eliminate contact, we will not hand over tablets, mobile phones or documentation but instead will sign these on your behalf.

Our office continues to operate to our usual high standard of service, but our staff are now all working remotely.

Waste from homes with possible cases of COVID-19 and the resulting waste from the cleaning of areas where possible cases have been identified should be double-bagged using strong rubbish bags. These bags should be tied and stored for at least 72 hours or they will need to be removed as Category B infectious waste in orange bags (which we cannot help with). More information is available here.

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