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UK waste industry – coping with Covid 19

UK waste industry - coping with Covid 19

The Coronavirus pandemic affected the human race on a global scale. Hundreds of thousands of families tragically lost loved ones, businesses struggled and many world economies were left at an all time low.

Yet, here and there, little pockets of light appeared to keep countries going through this terrible crisis. And in true British spirit, the majority of the UK stood strong in support of one another.

Every Thursday evening, for example, members of the British public stood at their front doors to applaud the workers of the National Health Service and other key workers who kept the country going during the crisis. Drawings of rainbows lit up the windows of homes across the UK and thank you notes were left for key workers, including those who collected the waste.

Staff who work in the waste collection, recycling and waste management industries were recognised as key workers, as they worked to ensure households and the environment continued to be protected against problems associated with an accumulation of waste and the incorrect disposal of it.

Our Energy from Waste facility at Rabbit continued to burn non-recyclable waste, generating enough green power for 8,000 homes and diverting waste away from problematic landfill sites, while skip hire in West Sussex and indeed most of the UK, gradually went up.

Skip hire on the rise

During the Coronavirus lockdown, which began in March 2020, skip hire for households increased, due to the good weather and so many people self-isolating, furloughed and working from home.

Those who found themselves with extra time on their hands took the opportunity to improve the environment around them, by getting rid of any unnecessary waste in the most appropriate way and recycling when and where they could.

DIY jobs got done and people tidied up their homes and gardens as they looked ahead to brighter days when the virus would be defeated.

Business as usual

At Rabbit Skips, we had around ten office and sundry staff working from home and a few staff on furlough. Our remaining staff practised social-distancing and regular hand washing, to keep in line with Government advice.

It was very much business as normal as possible. In fact, we were so busy with orders for household skips that there was a lead time of up to a week for deliveries of some skip sizes.

If you would like to find out more about the sizes of skips which are available, skip prices, or how long the time to wait for a skip might be and where we can deliver to, why not get in touch with a member of our team?

Contact us today to find out more about Rabbit Group’s skip hire and recycling facilities. Reach us on 01903 762020 or email