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Organising a Litter Clear up in the Community

Organising a Litter Clear up in the Community

Advice and support are offered to community groups wishing to organise a local litter pick.

Waste Services can provide;

  • The loan of litter pickers
  • refuse sacks
  • a rubbish collection from an agreed location

To make arrangements, please use the contact form below. You need to download the form to your computer first, then fill out the form and save a completed copy for your records. After that attach it to an email and send to wasteservices@clacks.gov.uk

Make your event safe and successful

Before the event:
  • Seek permission from the landowner responsible for the land you want to clean up.
  • Visit the site prior to the event and undertake a risk assessment to identify potential hazards such as bulky or hazardous waste. Examples are asbestos sheeting, bits of cars, shopping trolleys or old carpets. If present, seek advice by calling Waste Services using the contact details listed below.
  • If you find drugs related litter then contact either the council on 01259 450000, or Central Scotland Police on 01259 723255. Please give as accurate a description of the location as possible to allow for the safe and speedy removal of the items.
  • Make sure volunteers are supplied with appropriate protective gloves and advise them to wear old clothes and suitable footwear.
  • If glass is present, consider providing a brush, shovel and suitable container to a designated person.
  • Make sure you have adequate first aid provision for your event.
  • Check your group has insurance to cover the issues that may arise.
  • For very large events, have a designated meeting point that is constantly manned in case of emergencies.
On the day of the event:
  • At the start, highlight possible hazards such as glass and dog waste and explain the arrangements for this type of waste.
  • Make a list of the people involved and include contact details.
  • Let people know where they can get assistance e.g. if someone cuts them self.
  • Ensure all rubbish is at the designated uplift point for collection by Waste Services.
  • At the end of the event, make sure all participants are safely accounted for.
  • Stress the importance of wearing gloves. Litter that has been lying for some time can pick up bugs eg. dog waste
  • Remind all participants to wash their hands after the event.
Particular recommendations to consider when children are participating:
  • There is no reason why children cannot take part in a litter picking event if properly supervised.
  • Divide children into groups with each group being supervised by an adult. Consider an appropriate ratio bearing in mind the character and age of the children involved and the type of area you are working in.
  • Avoid litter picking near busy roads or waterways with particularly young children.
  • Make sure children know what they can pick up, such as cans, paper, crisp bags, food waste, plastic bottles etc. If larger items are present, consider carefully what is within the capability of the group. Consult with parents if need be.
  • Also make sure they know to look out for dog waste and not to pick up hazardous items such as glass and syringes.
  • Ensure they are wearing appropriate clothing and have suitable gloves.
  • Only include children whose parents have given written permission or are present and taking part in the activity.
  • Ensure they wash their hands at the end of the event.

It is the responsibility of the event organiser to make sure the event is safe and appropriate risk asssessments are in place.

 

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For Further Information Contact

Waste Services
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000
Email: