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 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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