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Community litter pick

Litter picking 

Buckinghamshire Council are able to lend out litter pickers, provide bags and offer a waste collection after a litter pick event at a designated collection point.

Bags of litter collected and not reported can sometimes be mistaken as fly-tipping, so please do tell us in advance of your litter picking activities (no matter how big or small) so we can organise the collection of bags and keep track of all the fantastic community efforts happening in this area.

Updated 17 May 2021

Current government guidance

From the 17th May, in line with the Step 3 of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people will be permitted. Please see the latest government guidance for further information.

Keeping safe during litter picking

Please read the Keep Britain Tidy guidance for keeping safe before carrying out any litter picking activity.

Before collection of equipment

Organisers can request equipment using the online form to confirm what date the litter picking event will take place, when the equipment is required and if a waste collection is required after the event.

The Waste team will prepare the equipment and the litter picker handles will be sanitised using anti-bacterial cleaning products and placed into a bag or box.

Collecting equipment from council offices

This option is currently unavailable due to the current Covid-19 restrictions in place where we are only permitting visitors into the building for emergencies.

Drop off option - Equipment to be dropped off to a residential property or town/parish council

This option is currently available to all groups organising individual or group events. The Waste team will arrange with the organiser to deliver the equipment to the organisers home address or local town/parish council before the event. This will be a contactless delivery.

Return of equipment - for one-off litter pick events

  • Organisers will need to contact the council to arrange collection of the litter pick equipment. This can be requested on a new equipment form if not already arranged as part of the original request.
  • Organisers will need to sanitise the handle of the litter pickers using anti-bacterial cleaning products and place into a disposable bag.

If the organiser or volunteers will be carrying out more than one event during the year, the litter pickers can be kept on a long term basis.

Waste collection

The council can arrange for bagged waste to be collected from a designated collection point. This will need to be arranged prior to the event taking place.

Please note: We can only offer removal of bagged litter that has been collected from public land. We cannot remove waste that was collected from private land. Please do not attempt to remove hazardous or fly-tipped waste, but instead please report it via Fix my Street.

Risk assessment for Litter pick events

Please refer to the latest government guidance for keeping yourself and others safe from Coronavirus.

Individuals currently shielding, in 'at risk' groups, displaying symptoms (or in contact with those with symptoms) or have been directly advised to self-isolate should not litter-pick.

The council risk assessment covers the staff preparing and distributing equipment and does not extend to individuals taking part in the litter picking events.

Use our online form to request equipment, bags, waste collections and return of equipment.

 Request equipment for a litter picking event (external link)

Keep Britain Tidy - Great British Spring Clean

Keep Britain Tidy will run the Spring Clean Campaign from 28 May - 13 June 2021.

For more information or to register your event, visit Keep Britain Tidy