Stop the drop... start a litter pick me up

You've told us that littering, fly-tipping, and dog poo are a concern in the Wakefield district and we agree with you.

We believe that if we could reduce environmental problems like these some of the money needed to clean up could be saved and spent on more important services.

That's why we've created this campaign to tackle litter and support volunteering because little things really do make a big difference.

Stop the Drop

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Each year we spend around £4.5M keeping our district clean and tidy including:

  • Keeping town centres clean
  • Cleaning main roads once a week
  • Patrolling other streets and roads regularly, collecting litter
  • Emptying litter bins before they are full
  • Clearing fly-tipping
  • Enforcement action when sufficient evidence is available
  • Promoting litter and fly-tipping campaigns

There's no excuse for dropping litter anywhere. As well as looking horrible, litter can harm wildlife and spoils the environment. It costs time and money to clear up.

Our Stop the Drop campaign asks everyone to do the right thing – it's simple: use a bin or take your litter home with you.

Stop the Plop

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Dog poo affects everyone, whether you're a dog owner or not.

It's unpleasant to see it in parks, on the pavement, and especially on your shoe!

Most dog owners are responsible and pick up after their dog, but there is few that fail to pick it up and give dogs and their owners a bad reputation. Remember to always carry a bag when you walk your dog, this can be placed in any public litter bin.


Start a litter pick me up - volunteer with us

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Starting a litter pick-me-up can make us all feel better and make Wakefield a nicer place to live, work and visit!

If you’d like to volunteer in your area, we can provide you with litter-picking equipment and collect your filled bags afterward. Please email

In 2021-22, Wakefield Council gave out 1,244 free litter-picking packs, helping hundreds of volunteers to clear rubbish in their local area.

We also have complete litter-picking kits to borrow for community groups of 15 people or more wanting to carry out a litter pick on council-owned land. We will pick up the litter you have collected, but the kit must be collected from and returned to one of our local depots.

You can request a community litter-picking kit or an individual kit via MyAccount.

Report a problem with litter, dog poo, or bins

You can also help us by reporting litter and dog fouling or by telling us about any problems you see with litter or dog poo bins.

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