Start a litter pick-me-up

Unfortunately, Keep Britain Tidy have postponed this year’s Great British Spring Clean until 11 – 27 September 2020 due to the developing situation around COVID-19. 

The amount of volunteers we’ve had this year has completely exceeded our expectations. It’s great to see so many people who want to work together to keep our district clean and tidy, but obviously at this time everyone’s safety is important. 

If you’d like to organise your own #LitterPickMeUp as an individual, community group, business, school or college during the postponed dates, please let us know what you’ll be doing and when by completing this quick survey.

You can read Keep Britian Tidy's statement here: 

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.

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 on a 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

We believe that if we could reduce environmental problems like littering, fly tipping and dog fouling, some of that money could be saved and spent on more important services.

That's why we've created our 'Start a litter pick me up' campaign, because little things really do make a big difference.

If you’d like to organise a little pick, we can provide you with everything you need! For more information on what you’ll need for a planned pick-me-up, download the Litter Hero leaflet.

What is litter?

Litter is anything that is thrown down or dropped and then left. This includes:

  • cigarette ends
  • chewing gum
  • sweet and crisp wrappers
  • food containers including takeaway packaging
  • disposable coffee cups
  • bottles and cans that could be recycled instead
  • dog poo and dog poo bags

How does it work?

We want to bring everyone together in the fight against the crime of littering. That's why we're urging residents, businesses and local communities to get involved by becoming litter aware and taking a pride in their area. In other words – stop the drop; start a litter pick me up!

It's a concentrated effort and will involve a number of different methods. We want to empower everyone to take positive, preventative action, as well as encouraging local businesses to get involved.

Enforcement will continue to be part of our efforts. We hope that by increasing awareness of the issues surrounding littering and fly tipping, and working together, we can keep our district beautiful.

Get involved

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, please get in touch with us today.

If you'd like to join our mailing list to hear about our campaign and new volunteering opportunities, you can sign up here.

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