Clearabee is a licensed, upper tier, UK rubbish removal company dedicated to sustainable practices and ecofriendly methods. One of Clearabee’s overarching goals is to divert as much rubbish from the UK landfills as possible. Amazingly, Clearabee have been able to achieve a NINETY percent recycle and reuse rate. This is the highest in the rubbish removal industry and they are very proud of achieving this incredibly high standard. As a customer who calls on Clearabee for rubbish removal, you can help them achieve an even higher recycle and reuse rate by pre-sorting your rubbish before they clear it.
Here’s a rubbish removal example to illustrate why pre-sorting your rubbish can help divert more of it from the landfill. Suppose you have some old furniture you need to clear. You call Clearabee for a booking and then decide you want to take the opportunity to get rid of that big pile of clothes you never wear in the back of your closet. Before Clearabee gets there, you run out and stuff the old unwanted clothes into the drawers of a dresser and the compartment of an old hutch. While this is not against any rules, Clearabee may not notice the clothes in this case and they may not get recycled or reused as a result! To understand exactly why this is true, you have to understand in more detail exactly how Clearabee is able to achieve their astounding 90 percent recycle and reuse rate.
Clearabee maintains a detailed and extensive database of information on which types of rubbish removal items each waste transfer station is able to recycle or reuse. Some waste transfer stations will recycle furniture or send it to a place where it can be fixed or refinished and then resold as used furniture. The same station, however, may not do the same with clothing. Instead, they may send clothing and other textiles to the landfill. The opposite may be true of other stations. In order to ensure items are recycled or reused, rather than taken to the landfill, Clearabee has to get them to the right places. You can help them do this by pre-sorting your rubbish.
In coordination with the main office, the Clearabee employees who actually arrive with the van determine which items to take where. If they’re picking up clothes, they check their database to determine the nearest waste transfer station that will recycle or reuse the clothes and not dump them in the landfill. The same is true for furniture or any other type of rubbish. For big items like furniture or appliances, this is never a problem with accidentally “hiding” items from Clearabee. However, for smaller items, like clothes or household items, it would be helpful if you make it obvious what type of items you are clearing. For example, if you put your items in boxes or bags, you could put labels on them like “clothes,” “books,” or “textiles” (curtains, bedding, etc). This will help Clearabee get them to the right place so they get recycled or reused rather than going into the landfill.
The prioritization process by which Clearabee decides where to take certain rubbish removal items goes beyond diverting rubbish from the landfill. Clearabee is also committed to lowering the ecological footprint as much as possible. Therefore, transferring rubbish to stations where it will be eventually reused, or even upcycled, is given priority to simply recycling the materials. Reusing and upcycling extends the life of the rubbish and requires less energy than recycling. Therefore, stations that make an effort to reuse, not just recycle, are given preference when Clearabee decides where to take the rubbish.
Labeling your rubbish can also help if you’re filling up a Clearabee Beebag (Clearabee’s skip bag). When this rubbish gets to the waste transfer station, if the contents of boxes, bags, or other containers are labeled, it will be easier for workers to sort them and get them to a place where they can be reused. So, for example, suppose you have some leftovers from a boot sale, you might want to roughly separate these items and label them as “toys,” “household decorations,” and “kitchen stuff.” You may even want to add a note that the items are “still usable” to indicate they could be reused rather than recycled.
So, while presorting is certainly not required when you schedule a rubbish removal booking with Clearabee, it does increase the probability that your items, especially smaller items, will be diverted from the UK landfills. It also increases the likelihood that they will be taken to waste transfer stations that will reuse or upcycle the items rather than simply recycling them to create raw materials for new items. It takes a team effort to divert rubbish from landfills. You are doing a service to your country and future generations just by using a rubbish removal company with a 90 percent reuse and recycle rate. You can do even more by taking a few extra minutes to roughly pre-sort your items.