Could you organise or help out at a litter pick?

City wide clean-up as part of this year's GBSpringClean

Great British Spring Clean

Junior Neighbourhood Wardens and community litter picking groups are joining forces once again for a Southampton wide clean-up as part of this year’s Keep Britain Tidy - Great British Spring Clean campaign (20 March - 13 April). The annual campaign is all about showing the love for where you live by organising or helping out at a litter pick.

Many community groups already run regular litter picks in different areas of Southampton throughout the year, with lots of these groups putting on events during the Great British Spring Clean campaign. We're also encouraging other individuals or groups to organise new events. Organisers should register their events on the ‘Host a Clean-Up’ section on the Keep Britain Tidy website, to help underline the commitment that is being made to the environment in the city and to improving public spaces for all to enjoy.

Some community groups receive funding from businesses and individuals to help pay for vital equipment, bags and high vis vests, or to simply help to promote events and help to get local residents involved.

How we can help:

  • Loan of equipment such as litter pickers and hoops
  • Supply rubbish bags
  • Loan of hi viz vests if litter picking near roads
  • Provide safety information and advice
  • Collect the bags of litter after the event (NB: we can't collect from private land such as schools, industrial estates or gardens)
  • Promote your event (if it is a public event)

All you have to do:

We will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm if the equipment is available and arrange collection. In some cases we may suggest a different location for your litter pick as it may be in a wildlife sensitive area or one regularly litter picked by a volunteer group.

The Weston shore area will receive a tidy-up on the 16 April, courtesy of the Junior Neighbourhood Wardens. As well as doing their bit for the local community and the environment, the young wardens will be incentivised to seek out litter from far and wide, as they will also be undertaking an Easter Egg hunt at the same time!

As part of the Green City Charter, we have set ambitious goals to support our vision of creating a cleaner, greener, healthier and more sustainable city. We are committed to enhancing and protecting our natural environment so that future generations can enjoy Southampton’s open spaces.

Cabinet Member for Place and Transport, Councillor Jacqui Rayment said: “It’s a great shame that a small number of people drop their rubbish rather than finding the nearest waste or recycling bin, or taking it home with them. We’ve heard so much in the media recently about the negative impact we’re having on our environment. The litter picks organised by community groups are fantastic gestures of goodwill that help council services to tackle this problem.”

Cabinet Member for Homes and Culture, Councillor Satvir Kaur commented: “It is encouraging to see future generations be part of the solution to our environmental issues, and I’m pleased that our Junior Neighbourhood Wardens are taking an active role in this. We are keen that the city is kept clean and green, and this initiative is a great way to help do this.”

Please be aware, due to novel coronavirus, this event will be reviewed closer to the date in light of the latest Public Health England guidance and action taken accordingly.