How Rubbish Removal Companies Have Been Affected By The Pandemic
It has been a crazy few months for everyone. A lot of countries across the globe have been under lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. Everyone has been ordered to stay at home and avoid public places like malls, beaches, etc. Businesses have had to close as well, especially if their products and services are inessential for fighting the pandemic.
Australia is one of the first countries to issue a national lockdown, given that there is already a recorded case of COVID-19 as early as January 2020. More individuals have tested positive for coronavirus, and various companies are forbidden to operate. Thus, every city has suddenly looked like a ghost town as everyone feels scared of catching the virus. Even when they need to get groceries and other supplies, they have the items delivered at their doorstep.
Nevertheless, if the pandemic has caused mass panic (for a great reason), it has been especially tough on local rubbish removal companies.
Fewer Clients Ask For Rubbish Removal
Before the pandemic, people tend to call rubbish removal companies several times a day. Even if there are two or more of them in a city, the businesses continue to thrive due to the high level of demand for rubbish removal.
However, ever since the coronavirus outbreak has been publicized, fewer individuals have called to inquire or hire rubbish specialists. The days can be so slow that you can count on one hand the number of collections they do.
If you think about it, it cannot be because the clients have lost their interest in the garbage disposal or faith in rubbish removal companies. Two possible causes can come to mind here:
- People want to save money and spend it on essential stuff (e.g., food and medical supplies) for now.
- People are afraid of interacting with anyone, much less letting them inside the property to pick up the solid waste.
Rubbish Removal Companies Lose A Lot Of Money
Everyone’s inability to schedule a garbage collection is understandable during a pandemic. However, the fewer clients a company can get, the fewer profits it can obtain. And the newer the business is, the more this lack of sales can affect them adversely.
The reason is that such companies have plenty of expenses even when they cannot operate fully. Say, if the owner has taken out a loan to start the business or is renting the office space, they still need to pay for that. The trucks and other waste disposal equipment also require maintenance. Of course, they must continue giving salaries to the specialists, especially when they have no other source of income while the country is locked down. All this can result in a massive loss for the company.
Considering the pandemic goes on for a few more months, rubbish removal companies may have no choice but to let go of employees or file for bankruptcy.
Specialists Have Been At Risk Of Catching The Coronavirus
In an ideal scenario, rubbish specialists can resume their work and start collecting hard rubbish from homes, offices, and construction sites again. That will allow them to continue making money and regain normalcy in life. Unfortunately, the reality is that it can put them at risk of catching the coronavirus.
After all, the specialists cannot help but go into the client’s premises and carry or wheel out their trash while doing a collection. Although rubbish removal companies may provide all the protective gear they may need, the coronavirus is a pesky thing that can stay on clothes for hours. No one can see it with the naked eye, so you cannot shake it off. If the individual does not clean up or wash the garments immediately, they may eventually have COVID-19.
The financial dilemma that local rubbish removal companies have been going through due to the coronavirus may not end even when the country lifts the lockdown orders. The fact remains that most people have only begun to put their lives back together and earn money again. It seems impossible for them to use their savings on a technically non-essential expenditure such as rubbish removal.
Despite that, once the situation clears up, and you cannot stand your growing pile of hard rubbish anymore, you should get the services of a rubbish removal company in your area.