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How has COVID affected household waste levels?

26 June 2021

How has COVID affected household waste levels?

Industry data has revealed that levels of household waste increased dramatically during the national lockdowns – with many people using skip hire to get rid of their waste.

We also found out that there has been a direct impact on recycling rates plus fly-tipping figures.
The closure of some recycling centres has impacted travel times and fuel emissions, but it also limits the volume of collections that local supply chain partners can fit into one day.

The big difference during Lockdown 3.0 has been that the government has permitted Household Waste and Recycling Centres to remain open, classing them as a public service.

For this blog, we will look at the positives and negatives to come from the lockdown data.

The positives and negatives regarding the increase in waste


  • We have had more time at home with loved ones
  • Household recycling rates increased by 20% during the first lockdown
  • The surge in lockdown online shopping increased recycling rates
  • Remote working helped to reduce fuel emissions, with only essential journey’s encouraged


  • Some recycling centres were closed voluntarily or because of COVID outbreaks
  • Unfortunately, we have seen a surge in fly-tipping, with the illegal dumping of waste increases by 80% according to industry stats
  • Demand for household waste collections has also increased, with some unscrupulous waste collectors collecting waste only to fly tip it. This has resulted in members of the public facing a
  • greater risk of receiving heavy fly-tipping fines

Because of the third national lockdown, the waste industry was badly affected, like many other industries. There have been closures during the pandemic, that have inevitably impacted the processing of waste.

How you can help stop fly-tipping

You can work with DP Skips to tackle fly-tipping by booking one of our skips and ensuring your waste is taken care of properly.

For more assistance or guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

Have you forgotten something? Skip hire is available to book securely on our website or by calling 01782 551222. During the booking process, you can select your date for skip drop off and collection. Thank you for visiting the D P Skip website.