Litter Picking by Community Groups
The Council is pleased to encourage and support community litter picking initiatives, organised by a wide range of volunteers, interest groups, charities and local town and parish councils.
The Clean Surroundings Service will loan free of charge a range of equipment such as litter pickers, gloves, and high-viz tabards to event organisers. The Council will also provide refuse sacks and arrange to dispose of the collected rubbish from an agreed collection point on the next working day.
Please provide at least 10 days' notice of your event and requirements to ensure that the necessary arrangements can be made, using this form: Register a community litter picking event
Litter pickers, tabards and any other equipment will need to be returned to the Council within 48 hours of the event.
We do advise against litter picking in dangerous areas such as high-speed roads and roads without designated footpaths. Event organisers will be responsible for carrying out their own risk assessments.
What to look out for when planning a litter pick
Once you have chosen a location, check the area in advance. Look out for the following:
- Natural hazards (eg steep slopes, rivers, presence of animals etc.)
- Hazardous items (eg sharp objects, needles, batteries, miscellaneous chemicals, asbestos, heavy items etc.)
- Roads - only pick litter in areas with a 30mph limit or less, where there is a pavement or footway. Stay on the pavement at all times. Never litter pick on the road or verges.
On the day
- Bring a first aid kit and anti-bacterial wipes
- Record each volunteer on a register and check them in and out
- Brief the volunteers about potential hazards and what not to touch
- Make sure that children stay with a responsible adult
- Leave the bags in the designated area for collection
- Take photos and send them to us if you wish to publicise your event
For further information, please contact the Clean Surroundings Service on 01278 435303, or Email firstname.lastname@example.org.