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

Litter Picking Equipment

Whether litter-picking alone or in a group you’ll need the right equipment to carry out a safe and enjoyable clean-up.

What Equipment Do You Need?

The basics we recommend are:

Hand held litter-picker
Refuse sacks
Gloves
High visibility vest
Optional: hoop to hold open your refuse sack

If you’re an event organiser you might also include:

Bags for recyclables (depending on what your council recycles)
Hoops or devices to hold open refuse sacks
Mobile phone for emergencies
First aid kit
Hand sanitiser
Cart to carry equipment
Long-handled litter-picker
Camera to record your event
Refreshments

Obtaining your Equipment

You’ll probably find your council supports volunteer litter-pickers and might lend or provide equipment – a good place to start if you’re new to litter-picking.  But if you litter pick regularly you may want to buy your own especially if you prefer a particular type of litter-picker.

Ask your council if they supply special refuse sacks for volunteer litter collections; these may be badged for collection by the street cleansing service.

Litter-pickers are widely available to buy from retailers such as Wilko, Screwfix, B&Q or online stores like Argos, Amazon, eBay.

Below we give a selection of online suppliers for professional litter-pickers and other equipment. It’s not a comprehensive list and if you want to recommend others please let us know and we’ll add them.

Litter Pickers
The Helping Hand Company
Popular amongst volunteers for friendly and helpful service.