Organising a community clean up

Organising a community clean up can often be the best way to get to know your neighbours and create awareness of what you’d like to achieve with your back alley.

This is a great way to speak to your neighbours about looking after their local environment and provides an opportunity to meet and get to know others in your community, as well as providing health and wellbeing benefits.

  • Gather a team

Gather a team who can help you organise the day, so jobs can be shared among volunteers.

  • Set a date

Give yourself plenty of time to get prepared, ideally starting planning a month in advance. A Saturday is often a great day for a clean-up
– spread the word by giving out flyers and knocking on doors.

  • Notify the council

We can help by:

  • providing free tools to borrow such as spades and rakes
  • removing rubbish – if the rubbish is collect from council land, gather it in red bags and we’ll remove it
  • keeping you safe – we can provide simple advice

This can be done by completing the requesting notice for a community clean-up form below.

Note: We can not collect soil or rubble, please do not put these materials in red bags.

We advise that the council is notified at least 7 days in advance of the community clean-up. The team will then provide further guidance, equipment or support, if required.

  • Plan refreshments and fun activities

Any job worth doing is worth celebrating, so make an event out of it. Encourage more people to come out by bringing snacks, providing hot
drinks, putting on some music, or having a litter scavenger hunt for the kids.

Top tip: Scavenge the treasures! Have you spotted any fly-tipped or littered items that can be given a new lease of life? 

Why not join one of the groups below to find like-minded individuals who may be able to support you or get involved?