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Local clean-ups and how to get involved
Community Litter Picks
A community clean up is a great way to show that your group cares about your local environment, whilst actively encouraging people not to drop litter and to take pride in where they live.
Before you organise any activity we strongly suggest you read our Toolkit and Safety Guidance Notes which offers advice on how to organise a community clean up event.
This includes what safe working practices you should be aware of, how to get people involved and how to maximise publicity for your event.
We also want to celebrate the great work that you are doing to look after your neighbourhoods so we will be posting the good examples we know about here. These don't even have to be the ones the council has been involved in.
Organising a Community Clean-up?
- Find out who owns the land
- Decide what you want to achieve
- Link up with the council to arrange to have the rubbish removed
- It is strongly advised that you have insurance
- Advertise for willing volunteers to take part
- Carry out a risk assessment
On the day:
- Check the safety of the area before you start. Have a look at our safety tips.
- Think health and safety - explain the ‘do’s and don’ts’ to those taking part
- Under 18s should be accompanied
- Use the right tools for the task
- Take photos and share these with us
- Celebrate your achievements
- Remember to report how many bags you have collected to the ward teams for pick up using the online forms.
Find some handy 'do's and don'ts' when organising a community clean-up here.
Why not volunteer?
Lots of people take on a community role in their spare time and by doing this they help improve Newcastle for everyone. Newcastle is a city where there is a strong tradition of volunteering and community activism. Volunteering and community activism makes a massive contribution to communities, individuals and the life of the city as a whole.
Please contact your local Communities Officer who can provide you with more information.
You could also contact the Volunteer Centre Newcastle - a free, quality service to anyone interested in volunteering and to any organisation - no matter how big or small.
Did you know?
We are committed to creating a better environment for everyone. You can read more about how we will look after our environment on these pages:
Need more information?
Keep up to date with the latest litter picks, news and initiatives by checking the campaign page:
There's also some great toolkits and downloads we've created to get you started.