There's no excuse for dropping litter anywhere. We've recently seen an increase in litter in parks and green spaces across the Wakefield district. 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.
Take part in the Great British September Clean!
Between 11 – 27 September, join us and Keep Britain Tidy for the annual litter pick campaign.
It's important that everyone stays safe and follows current government guidance on social distancing. There are two ways you can start a #LitterPickMeUp safely:
· Organise a private clean-up with up to 5 other family and friends.
· Pledge to do your own individual clean-up, you can give as little as 15 minutes to the campaign.
Please read Keep Britain Tidy's helpful coronavirus guidance here before planning a litter pick. If you'd like to organise your own #LitterPickMeUp as an individual or small group, we can provide litter picking equipment and collect any bags of rubbish afterwards.
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.
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
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.