3 September 2020

Zero Waste Week 

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Since 2008, Zero Waste Week has been taking over the first week of September in a bid to reduce residential and commercial waste, reuse materials and recycle as much as is possible. In these last 12 years, Zero Waste Week has amassed a global following, upwards of 56 million people worldwide. But how can you be one of those 56 million in 2020?

Taking place this year between the 7th and the 11th of September, the Zero Waste Week website features ideas aplenty of how you can reduce the amount that you waste, not just during Zero Waste Week itself, but throughout the entire year. But fear not, this doesn’t mean that you have to transform yourself into a fully-fledged Eco-Warrior overnight; these are all relatively small changes which you can make each and every day which will have a huge impact if all of us get involved.

Get involved with Zero Waste Week

Reusing everyday items is an easy and effective way to reduce our wastage which can also have a positive impact on our pockets too. Zero Waste Week’s website suggests buying a reusable drinks bottle and filling it up at home or work. This not only means that you’re saving money by not buying bottled water every day, but it also helps to reduce the growing numbers of single use plastic bottles (of which they are some 7.7 billion each year).


In a similar vein, you can also reuse old ice cream, margarine or ready meal containers for storing food in the freezer instead of purchasing plastic tubs for the specific purpose. For plenty more ideas on steps you can take to reuse household items, then have a look at the UK section of the Zero Waste Website. This page also has some interesting information on the misconceptions around recycling.

You can also take part in Zero Waste Week online by following their social media accounts or posting your own ideas and success stories using the #ZeroWasteWeek hashtag. This will no doubt be a great forum for ideas and for connecting with like-minded individuals who can continue to inspire you to reduce your waste all year round.

You might think it odd that as a waste management company, Clearabee are in favour of Zero Waste Week when in fact, we share many of the same motivations and end goals. In particular, Clearabee strive to increase recycling rates, reduce landfill waste and promote a circular economy in our everyday operations.

Reducing your waste with Clearabee

Clearabee are the UK’s largest rubbish removal and clearance service which means that we get to see much of the nation’s waste up close and first hand. With recycling in mind, we are proud of our diversion from landfill rates, which are over 95% across the country and above 98% in and around London. This percentage is the amount of Clearabee collected waste that is taken to one of our 600 trusted Waste Transfer Stations and then either recycled or reused.

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From bulky items such as sofas and mattresses, all the way down to smaller household items, we make sure that you as the customer are always aware of where your waste ends up and how much of it is recycled. Once we have taken your waste and unwanted items to their destination, we will provide you with a digital Waste Transfer Note which details exactly which local Waste Transfer Station that is.

The Waste Transfer Note will also describe the contents of the collection and the recycling/diversion from landfill rate of the collection so you can be sure that as much of your waste as possible is being recycled or reused not only during Zero Waste Week, but during every week of the year.

Clearabee’s Environmental Credentials

It’s not just about wastage though. The way in which Clearabee collects your waste is designed to be environmentally friendly and pro-Planet. Our rubbish removal vans are manufactured using ultra-light chassis which are 300kg lighter than similar vehicles. This not only reduces the fuel consumption of our services but increase the amount of waste that we can carry. In addition to this, we have over 100 vans situated throughout the county, which means that our average journey for rubbish removal jobs is less than 15 miles per journey.

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Not only do we reduce our carbon emissions with our ultra-light vehicles and shorter journeys, but we offset them completely via our reforestation project which has planted 19,674 trees since 2013. Not only do our forests mitigate flood risks and act as a wildlife preserve, but they have offset 1,886 tonnes of CO2. All meaning that you can have confidence in Clearabee during Zero Waste Week and all year round.

Removing rubbish (and reducing waste). It’s what we do.


About Clearabee

Clearabee operates nationwide on-demand rubbish clearance and waste removal services, with over 120 vehicles and 300 directly employed staff. Our core services include our industry-leading rubbish clearance service as well as our skip bag, skip hire and sofa removal services.

We count some of the UK’s leading brands as exclusive customers. Clearabee has been ranked as the fastest-growing waste management company in Europe for 3 years running and featured on The Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track for the last two years.

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