Stop the drop

Once again we will be giving our full support to Keep Britain Tidy's national Great British Spring Clean campaign.

We'll be sharing information on how to get involved and start your very own litter pick me up soon. Please check back and keep an eye on social media for further announcements, using #LitterPickMeUp 

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. 

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!

It's important that everyone stays safe and follows current government guidance on social distancing.

It is possible to do a #LitterPickMeUp safely as part of your daily exercise alone or with your household/ support bubble, or with one other person, always following social distancing guidelines. Please read Keep Britain Tidy's helpful coronavirus guidance here before planning a litter pick. During the current restrictions it is not possible to arrange group litter picks. As soon as it is safe to do so, we will support this. 

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.

Stop the Plop

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!

STOP THE PLOP. Remember to always carry a bag when you walk your dog, this can be places in ANY public litter bin.

You can also report dog fouling here.