Litter picking and community clear ups

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Picking up litter is such an easy task but the impact it has on the environment is enormous. Whether you join an organised group of litter pickers or want to make a difference by yourself, here is some information to get you started.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • getting outside and doing exercise feels good;
  • putting something back by volunteering your time is worthwhile;
  • you may get to meet other like-minded people – team work makes the dream work!

“Litter-picking is strangely addictive – working in a a group or alone, after a couple of hours everything looks SO much better! And the tidier a place looks the less likely people are to drop litter in future. The sense of achievement is huge.”

How to contact

Where to go

Barrington
Cambridge
UK

Histon and Impington
Cambridge
UK

Orchard Park
Cambridge
UK

Cambourne
Cambridge
UK

Rampton
Cambridge
UK

Barton
Cambridge
UK

Caxton
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
UK

Elsworth
Cambridge
UK

Harston
Cambridge
UK

Eltisley
Saint Neots
UK

Hatley St George
Sandy
UK

Ickleton
Saffron Walden
UK

Knapwell
Cambridge
UK

Linton
Cambridge
UK

Papworth Everard
UK

Balsham
Cambridge
UK

Waterbeach
Cambridge
UK

Swavesey
Cambridge
UK

Harston
Cambridge
UK

Great Eversden
Cambridge
UK

What to expect

If you, your parish council, school or local community group would like to organise a voluntary litter picking event in your area, South Cambridgeshire District Council can support you by lending litter grabbers and gloves (and so can some parish councils). South Cambridgeshire County Council can also provide bags for the collection of litter and collect them afterwards.

Some villages have regular litter-pick events and community clear-ups you can join – they are listed below. Contact each group for details of dates/times.

Keep Britain Tidy, the national environmental charity, organises the ‘Great British Spring Clean’ if you’d like your efforts to be part of a bigger campaign.

More information

It is important you have the right equipment for litter-picking as you may be exposed to hazards. South Cambridgeshire District Council have produced a handy guide to ensure you stay safe – take a look here.

Organised litter picking groups

Balsham Rubbish Friends have a Facebook page with details of litter picks.

Barrington Hill Pickers organise regular litter picks around the village – more details here.

Cambourne Town Council organise regular litter-picks and graffiti clear-ups. If you are interested in helping then please contact the Community Development Officer [email protected]

Great Eversden has an annual litter pick  (usually in March); mail [email protected] for dates/times.

Harston Residents Group Litter Pick – meets twice yearly; mail [email protected] for dates & times.

Histon and Impington Litter Pickers (HILP) events are held on the first weekend of March, June, September and December you can join the HILP group on Facebook

Ickleton has an annual litter pick, usually in the spring – contact Clare for details: [email protected]

Linton Friends of the River Granta (FROG) have a Facebook page with details of litter picks.

At Orchard Park, Cambridge Co-housing community (K1 at Marmalade Lane) organise a monthly rubbish ramble. For more details, visit their website or email via [email protected]

Waterbeach Wombles has a Facebook page.

Other villages on the map have organised litter picks – contact the relevant parish council for more information.

 

Volunteering as a litter-picker is free as is borrowing equipment from South Cambridgeshire District Council.

 

 

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