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12.12.2017

Brits admit to fly-tipping and dumping Christmas waste on neighbours

• Brits expect to fill an estimated 109 million bin bags this Christmas Day
• Survey suggests 4.74 million people have stashed excess rubbish in neighbours’ bins previously
• 18.5 million people plan to visit the tip between Christmas and New Year



Birmingham, UK. 12 December 2017: The average British adult will fill two bin bags of waste this Christmas Day, the equivalent of 109 million bin bags, according to new research* from Clearabee, the on-demand rubbish removal business. Over half (54 per cent) expect to produce more waste than they can fit in their bins this Christmas.

Nearly one in ten (seven per cent) of British adults will fill five or more bags on Christmas Day and one per cent of Brits will enjoy an exceptionally plentiful Christmas, expecting to fill 10 bags of waste on Christmas Day.

Of those who expect to have excess waste, two-thirds (67 per cent) will spend time taking a trip to the tip over the Christmas period, which could mean Brits make as many as 18.5 million trips to the tip. Other plans to manage excess waste this Christmas include

While shocking, this is better than past behaviour. One in ten British adults (9%) questioned by Clearabee

Shockingly, three per cent of Brits (approximately 1.5 million people nationwide) admit to having fly-tipped Christmas rubbish, risking a fine of up to

Overflowing bins have led to unpleasant consequences for one in five (20 per cent) Brits. Of those who have experienced issues with overflowing bins, over half (51 per cent) have experienced a foul smell, a third (33 per cent) have had foxes scatter their rubbish everywhere and a fifth (20 per cent) say that overflowing bins have attracted rats to their property. Londoners are most likely to have experienced issues with overflowing bins with over a third (38%) saying they have experienced this.

Daniel Long, founder and managing director at Clearabee, comments:



le potentially taking a trip to the tip, recycling centres could be busier than the Boxing Day Sales.



Clearabee is launching a new bag and sack product, called the Beebag Mini, to help Brits tackle the issue of overflowing bins this Christmas. Customers can order a roll of Beebag Minis with free delivery. The bags come in either standard or heavy duty strengths and pricing begins at

*Consumer research was conducted by Opinium. A nationally representative sample of 2,000 British adults were surveyed in November 2017. 109 million was estimated by multiplying the average number of bags filled per UK adult (2.1) by the adult population figure (51,767,000).






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