Organising a litter pick
Decide on where you want to carry out your litter pick
Contact landowners to make sure you have legal access to this area. Landowners can be the town, district or county council, farmers, or local estate owners.
Decide when you will do the pick (date and time)
Allow ample time for preparation and promotion.
Rally your volunteers
Try to get support from other groups and individuals to make this a community event. You can use a poster to reach a wide range of volunteers.
Decide how you will present the clean-up to your volunteers
It can be a straightforward litter pick, or you can have some fun by setting a theme or creating a challenge for teams or individuals.
Make a site map
Make a note of your route and, if possible, identify locations for first aid, toilets, public phones, useful amenities, break areas and so on.
Consider public liability insurance
Public Liability can be organised through your Parish Council or Local community group alternatively you can also secure public liability insurance through Dorset County Council. There is no cost to do this. However, you will need to make sure that you follow all the guidance and procedures in this document to be covered by the Dorset County Council insurance. *If your event is private no public liability is required.
You will need a range of equipment. Dorset Waste Partnership can provide equipment so do get in touch with the closest Depot to you. Contact details below.
Arrange for waste disposal with Dorset Waste Partnership
Liaise directly with Dorset Waste Partnership to organise equipment hire and waste disposal. Area details below
Carry out a full risk assessment of the area
Have a look at the TEMPLATE produced by DWP to plan how you can deal with a comprehensive list of hazards.
Within your group there should be at least one first aider. Litter Free Dorset can issue suitable first aid kits for groups. The First Aider should not ‘double up’ as the Group Leader unless there are two Group Leaders who are also trained First Aiders. Both a First Aider and a Group Leader are needed.
Click here to see the Litter Free Dorset covid guidance
Litter Picking Safety Guidance
Litter Picking Risk Assessment Template
Dorset Council Waste Services
Please contact the Dorset Council Waste Services team to borrow equipment and for the removal of litter
Weymouth & Portland
Tel: 01305 225462
Tel: 01305 224880
North & East Dorset
Tel: 01202 971390
Tel: 01929 555951
Join in with community-led litter action
Want to join up with local community-led groups creating behaviour change campaigns, to positively impact littering behaviour in Dorset? Click here to find out more!
Litter picking groups
Litter picking groups
Want to start litter picking, but unsure how to go-about it? Click here to find litter-picking groups near you!
Promote you Litter Pick!
Tell us where and when you litter picking is happening and we will spread the word via social media.
Remember to tag: @LitterFreeDrst
We love to see the results of all your litter picking efforts. Sharing stories of litter picks across Dorset encourages others to get involved.
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