Frustrated with seeing littered plastic? Fancy a new way to improve your fitness? Or simply want to spend more time in nature? Then this challenge could be for you. Sign up to the Litter Free Dorset Challenge which aims to support individuals to tackle litter in their local environment. The initiative is supported by Queen Mary University of London and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Preventing Plastic Pollution project.

Are you up for a challenge?

Get involved and take part in a month-long litter picking effort across the county in June! A litter picker, t-shirt and weighing scales will be provided so you can look the part as well as keep track of how much litter you collect. This equipment can then be kept after the challenge (or returned if you wish!)

Taking part will improve your fitness, as well as help save wildlife from the impacts of plastic pollution. Litter picking is also proven to increase your wellbeing. This is due to spending time outdoors, exploring new places and meeting new people along the way.

The Litter Free Dorset challenge will take place between:     Tuesday 1st June – Wednesday 30th June 2021


Choose a challenge!

We understand that some of us will have more time than others. Therefore, we are offering 4 different challenges to choose from and providing you with your own equipment so you can litter pick in your local area at a time that suits you. The challenges to choose from are:

  • The 10-hour challenge – Litter pick for 10 hours in 1 whole day

  • The 10 times challenge – Take part in 10 litter picks throughout the month

  • The 10 minutes daily challenge – Everyday litter pick for 10 minutes throughout the month

  • The ‘create your own’ challenge – Is there a particular challenge you have in mind?

To receive your challenge pack with equipment (t-shirt, litter picker and weighing scales) please complete the expression of interest form in the link below: 

Please sign up before the 17th May 2021


Share your stories…

By taking part you will not only be helping save wildlife from the impacts of plastic pollution but also have the chance to provide information about the amounts and/or types of litter collected to help inform solutions to tackle plastic pollution long term.

  • Weigh bags of litter using the scales to track how much you have collected throughout June. Remember to put plastic in a separate bag if you want to tell us how much you collected. 

  • Record the type of litter you find when out litter picking by completing the litter survey form.

  • Share your litter finds on social media by using the hashtag #LFDChallenge and tagging in @litterfreedrst

  • How about joining the challenge Facebook group to share your stories with other people in Dorset taking on the challenge?

  • If Instagram is more your thing tag us in your stories! @litterfreedrst @plastic_EU

#PreventingPlasticPollution #LFDChallenge

Remember to stay safe

It is important to stay safe when litter picking as there are risks involved. Always wear suitable clothing to suit the weather (sturdy shoes are key!) and never pick up anything which looks suspicious or could cause harm. Use thick gloves to protect your hands and pick up items with your litter picker.

Please read through the LFD risk assessment and PPP survey form to make sure you have read and understood these before beginning your challenge!

Risk Assessment
Our Community Litter Pick Safety Talk

Litter Collection

For small amounts of litter collected, you can use the public bins, or take it home and dispose in a household waste bin if possible. If you collect lots of bags please let your local waste team know. They can advise on where to leave the litter bags so that they can collect them.


As part of your challenge you can also fundraise money for Litter Free Dorset.

Litter Free Dorset is a community campaign to reduce litter in Dorset hosted by Dorset Council. If you would like to fundraise or donate funds to help us achieve our goals to reduce the social, economic, and environmental impacts of litter we would be very grateful. You can donate via the link below:


Shout about your challenge using these resources

The Preventing Plastic Pollution project

Queen Mary University London leads the Preventing Plastic Pollution project which, in partnership with 18 organisations from across France and England, seeks to understand and reduce the impacts of plastic pollution in the marine environment. By looking at the catchment from source to sea, the project will identify and target hotspots for plastic, embed behaviour change in local communities and businesses, and implement effective solutions and alternatives.

PPP is a €14million funded EU INTERREG VA France (Channel) England Programme project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund which works mainly across seven pilot sites: Brest Harbour, Bay of Douarnenez, Bay of Veys, Poole Harbour, and the Medway, Tamar, and Great Ouse estuaries.

Preventing Plastic Pollution Website