Firstly, where are you going to do your tidy up? This could be anywhere from a local landmark to a well known 'grot spot.' It is essential that you get permission from the landowner before your event. If you are tidying up council owned land it is particularly important that you gain permission well in advance of the tidy up as the process for approval may take some time.
You may already be part of a group wishing to do a tidy up. If so, involve them at the planning stage and make it a real team effort. If you plan a large scale tidy up perhaps you could drum up support from other groups in your area: community and youth groups, tenants' associations and environmental groups are just a few of the many who could be interested in making an impact on their local environment.
At an early stage, you need to think about what you will do with the waste once it has been collected. Usually your council will help by collecting the rubbish or providing a skip. If you are planning on removing the rubbish yourself you should ensure that your local 'tip' is equipped to take it. If a commercial waste company is collecting the rubbish or delivering a skip, they will make a charge and want to know what the waste is.
Encourage people to separate and recycle rubbish where possible. You may want to give out different coloured bags for different recycled materials and make arrangements for separate recycling collections - check with your council
It is important that the event organiser visits the site and completes a risk assessment before the tidy up. It may be helpful to sketch a map of the area to be tackled. For more information, hints and tips visit our Health & Safety page.
When letting your local newspaper, radio or television station know about your event it is important to contact the news desk at least one week before the tidy up so that they can put the date in their diary. It is also a good idea to contact them the day before to remind them of your event. We have created a template press release you can use and posters.
At least 60% of what is dropped as litter is recyclable, so after you have done your Big Tidy Up don’t forget to recycle! Contact the Recycling Officer at your local council
for advice on whether certain materials should be collected separately, where they should be taken or how they should be disposed.
Within your Big Tidy Up kit will be lots of things to help you successfully clean up, however you may wish to consider using the following too;
Your local council may be able to help you with some of the items above.
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