You might wish to organize litter picking to clear the area from waste and return it to its general clean state if you are incensed by the litter in your area. Do you know a significant issue in the United Kingdom is litter, with more than two hundred thousand pieces of litter being thrown daily? We have generated a step-by-step guide for you as organizing a litter pick might involve extra planning than you expect. So, don’t worry, follow our easy guide and organize your litter picking. We mentioned everything in our guide that you must know for organizing a successful litter pick that might involve five or 500 people.
Select a Location
Selecting a spot for litter picking would not be challenging; the reason you want to organize a litter picking service might be that you want to keep driving, cycling, or walking through the area that is overburdened with trash. It can be a woodland, farmland, town center, towpath, or a residential street.
Examine to See if a Local Group is There
There is a handy Litter Action tool that allows you to look for litter picking groups in your region. You can also search on Facebook to see if there is already any local group for litter picking. If a group of litter picking is there for the specific area, contact the group leader and look if they would be interested and perform the job in the area you have in mind. If they are interested, then join the group and if not, then follow our definitive guide for litter picking
There is a handy Litter Action tool that allows you to look for litter picking groups in your region. You can also search on Facebook to see if there is already any local group for litter picking. If a group of litter picking is there for the specific area, contact the group leader and look if they would be interested and perform the job in the area you have in mind. If they are interested, then join the group, and if not, then follow our definitive guide for litter picking.
Contact the Land masters
You will be required to get permission for litter picking as a group or team on public or private land. How do you get permission and go about this will vary based on the area you wish to litter pick as you might be required to get in touch with the local council, a farmer, local estate owner, the Canal & River Trust, for example. If you want to know who is the landowner you wish to clear, you can try exploring on the Land Registry map.
Conduct a Risk Assessment
Incidents and injuries can occur when individuals or groups are litter picking, so you must conduct a risk assessment to minimize any possible dangers to participants. A great template is generated for these types of risk assessments by Litter Action.
Pay more attention to busy roads, slippery grass banks, trip hazards, spikes, syringes, bodies of water, feces, insecticides, poisons, broken glass, giant hogweed, and many more. Talk to a safety and health expert to know precisely what to take in your risk assessment. You can section off concerning areas with tape stakes and construct warning signs nearby before your clear-up day.
A friend can make a note of break areas, public toilets, litter picking routes where volunteers can approach first aids, etc., while you carry out your risk assessment. You can mark all the information on a map and then distribute it with other volunteers to help them out.
Finalize a Date & Reunite your Volunteers
- Select a date for litter picking – We would suggest a weekend day to increase your number of volunteers.
- To make the event more enticing for possible volunteers, you can consider setting a theme or running a competition; the person will be the winner of the day who will collect the most litter in a set time.
- Invite more people to join hands – You can invite more people to join you; they can be friends, colleagues, neighbors, family, your Guide group or local Scout, and so on. You could show up posters in your area where permitted. Do not feel disheartened if you can not get a crowd with you, as two people can make a big difference.
Collect Your Equipment
You can source your free litter pick equipment by contacting your local authority wherever you live. You need to collect your equipment, including litter pickers, heavy-duty work gloves, litter pick kits bags, and sometimes hi-vis vests, too, to accomplish your purposes. It might be good for you to contact the local authority to inquire more about litter pick equipment.
Arrange a Rubbish Collection
The companies that deliver your kits for litter picking ( like your local authority) will generally pick up the bags filled with litter, or they will provide you with a skip, but make alternative arrangements and always double-check if they are providing you with the collection services. It will be seen as fly-tipping if you leave the bags of litter collected at a place that has no authorization. You can contact your regional recycling center or, otherwise, a waste management company if you are required to transfer the bags yourself.
Devise Insurance Cover
When organizing a litter pick, you are recommended to get public liability insurance as this will cover you for lawful accountability if an incident happens, such as damage to public property or any injury. When you do litter picking for a school or organization, you may be covered, but always arrange and double-check your own insurance if you are not covered.
Brief Your Group Before the Event
Before the event, brief your volunteers. Ensure where you are meeting, and everyone knows it exactly. Also inform them whether they should bring refreshments, what they need to wear and all the other related things. Now, this is an ideal time for you to remind guardians and parents that a responsible person will monitor all volunteers at all times. Comfortable, strong shoes or boots are suggested for litter picking with sunhats or waterproof, warm clothing depending on the weather conditions.
Explain Your Group on the Day
On your exact litter picking day, brief the entire team about:
- The safety and health threats and defense to avoid them.
- How to utilize the equipment
- The finalized route and area. Allocate parts of the area to groups or pairs of volunteers if it is a large area, so they can converse while working.
- Where the first aid point is and who is taking the first aid kit with him.
- Where is shielding from bad weather, and where the break area is located?
- The nearest toilets for volunteers
- Where to put the bags filled with litter.
Also, ask for a note on the map where the harmful litter is located and notify the landowner or council about that dangerous area after the event is finished.