In response to the increased litter levels as lock-down rules start to be lifted, some of you have told us that you are ready to start litter-picking again. We also know that many of you are still not comfortable to litter-pick again yet.  We do not in any way want to make anyone feel as though they should be back out there if they are not ready. However, we DO want to support anyone who is choosing to litter-pick right now.  You can now meet outside in a group of up to 30 people.  Please see the Government guidelines for further details https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Community Projects

Over the past few years, CleanupUK has worked ‘on the ground’ in London and Birmingham with people who live in areas that suffer especially high levels of litter.

In London, we have worked with communities in the boroughs of: Barking & Dagenham, Camden, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. In Birmingham, we have worked in the wards of Aston, Bordesley Green, Kingstanding, Shard End and Sparkbrook & Balsall Heath East.

When we work with people ‘on the ground’, we are able to provide first-hand advice and support on starting up a litter-picking group. We can either loan equipment or agree for the council to supply it and to remove the bags of litter collected.

This year, we plan to expand our work through a new volunteering programme into other highly littered areas around England, so that we can help more people to overcome litter issues where they live. Eventually, we hope to work in this way throughout the UK. Imagine every community had its own litter-picking group?!

Here are the stories of some of the groups that we have worked with over the years:

Wonderful Woolwich – a sleep disorder, a rapper and a secret garden…

St John’s Church – from furniture removals to family friendly space

Church St Triangle: from Neighbourhood Watch to neighbourhood market ? — watch this space !

Wanstead Flats Pickers — restoring natural beauty with bags of enthusiasm

Cyprus Litter-Pickers – inspiring the next generation of litter blitzers

East Ham Litter Pickers – can enthusiasm add up to change ?

Mudchute Magpies – making their world cleaner, safer and friendlier

Hales Gardens ‘Love where you live’ – one person is all it takes to make a change

Poplar Pick Up Party – the Property Guardians who protect and clean up

Bountagu – a small community with a big heart

Konverse Elite – an unexpected approach to community action

Noel Park – a call for action creates a community hub

Friends of Bruce Castle Park – building bonds over litter and cake

Muslim Home Educators’ Support – restoring faith in community spirit in Bordesley Green

Woodpecker Community Cleanup – it’s not always easy, but it’s worth it