Community litter picking

Coronavirus: There are some changes to our normal services as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Plan your community litter pick

As the litter pick organiser, it is your responsibility to do all of the following.

  • Check who owns the land where you plan to litter pick, and ask their permission.
  • Visit the site or area and carry out a risk assessment.
  • Read our health and safety guidance to ensure your litter picking activity falls within our guidelines.

Health and safety guidance

Your safety and that of your volunteers comes first. The council can only provide support for community litter picking activity that complies with our health and safety guidance.

It is the litter pick organiser's responsibility to brief all volunteers on the guidance, and ensure it is followed by everyone taking part throughout the duration of the litter pick.

You can download the health and safety guidance document below.

Icon for pdf Community Litter Picking Health and Safety Guidance [34.56KB]

We cannot support activities that fall outside of these guidelines. You must also make sure that you are complying with the latest government advice regarding COVID-19

Litter pick organisers and volunteers are not working for or acting on behalf of the council. They are not covered by the council's Liability Insurance.

Coronavirus changes

Equipment loan

We are currently not able to loan equipment to support litter picking activities. As restrictions lift, we hope to reintroduce our equipment loan service in time for the Great British Spring Clean from 28 May to 13 June 2021. More information on how we will be supporting the spring clean will be available in late April. If you wish to carry out a litter pick using your own equipment, we urge you to consider government restrictions at the time of your litter pick. Visit the government website for more information.

Dealing with waste

If you are carrying out a litter pick using your own equipment, you and your group can take a small amount of waste home and leave it with your household waste on your normal kerbside collection day.

If this not possible please email with details of your litter pick. We cannot guarantee support, but where possible we will try to pick up your waste from an agreed location.

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