Organising a litter pick

Litter picks are easy to organise and the Council can help by providing equipment and collecting bags of litter after the event.  Please contact us at least 2-3 weeks in advance so we can arrange to deliver and collect the equipment and to pick up the bags of litter. 

We can provide you with:

  • Litter pickers (for helping you pick up litter)
  • Gloves
  • Hi-vis vests
  • Bags for the litter
  • An information pack for volunteers (including advice on running an event, a risk assessment, a register of volunteers and an agreement form)

Want to take part?

Contact us at cleanup_events@bathnes.gov.uk or by phoning Council Connect on 01225 39 40 41.  Please see our Volunteer Pack (you can download it from this page) for more information.

What to look out for when planning a litter pick

Once you've 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 the 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

Keep Britain Tidy

Every year Keep Britain Tidy runs their Great British Spring Clean.  This is a great time to arrange a litter pick.  For more information please go to Great British Spring Clean.

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