Community litter picking

Coronavirus: All support for volunteer and community litter picking activity was suspended due to Covid-19. We plan to restart support from Wednesday 26 May 2021 and are now taking bookings. However, support will be subject to the continued lifting of government restrictions.

Look out for the New Forest and join the Great British Spring Clean, from 28 May to 13 June 2021.

The Great British Spring Clean is a national campaign from Keep Britain Tidy, aiming to get people together to collect and remove litter pollution which spoils our local communities and environment, and threatens to harm wildlife and free roaming animals.

There is information on this page on how you can help safely with litter picking in the New Forest district.

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Family and individual litter picks

If you and your family would like to do some litter picking, the New Forest National Park Authority have free litter picking kits as part of their New Forest Ambassador Scheme. Each kit includes a litter picking guide, rubbish sacks, a hi-vis vest and a litter grabber.

Get more information and sign up at New Forest Ambassador scheme - New Forest National Park Authority (newforestnpa.gov.uk)

Groups and organised events

We can help people who want to volunteer to organise a litter pick on behalf of a group.

This could be a beach clean or a tidy-up of your local neighbourhood, park or school.

We can lend litter picking equipment, including litter grabbers and hi-vis vests.

We can also supply sacks, and if needed, collect the rubbish from an agreed location after the event.

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.

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. We can only provide support for community litter picking activity that complies with our health and safety guidance.

Read the Health and safety guidance for community litter picking

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.

Support for litter picking

We can help your litter pick by providing the following support.

  • lending litter grabbers and hi-vis vests for volunteers (maximum 30 per group)
  • providing black and clear rubbish sacks for the litter (maximum 2 rolls of each per group)
  • providing a health and safety guidance sheet for all volunteers (We will provide you with a PDF and it is your responsibility to share this with your group)
  • collecting the rubbish sacks after your litter pick from an agreed location.

Changes due to Coronavirus: We will deliver all equipment on a Wednesday and collect it on the following Monday. Our team then sanitise all equipment on Tuesday ready for the next delivery on Wednesday. We can only provide support for planned litter picks organised between Thursday and Sunday. We cannot lend any equipment long term or provide support for unplanned litter picks.

Please do not email or call for support until you have completed the request form.

Our resources are limited, so we cannot guarantee that we can support your litter pick.

We'll be in touch within ten working days to confirm whether we can provide support for your litter pick.

Submitting a request does not automatically confirm we can support you.

Any support is given entirely at our discretion.

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.

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