Bristol's Big Tidy

Part of the Bristol Council and Bristol Waste Clean Streets campaign, the Big Tidy sees a dedicated team of street cleaners and a graffiti removal crew working in the areas of the city where street issues are beyond the capacity of regular street cleansing work.

Locations are selected for the Big Tidy based on data including the local environmental quality survey, quality of life survey, fly-tips removed, litter tonnages and reporting

Big Tidy street cleansing crew

Bringing the sparkle back

The Big Tidy crew is made up of street cleansers, graffiti removal experts, enforcement officers and community engagement officers. You can support their hard work by making a Big Tidy pledge and by reporting any street issues you see to Bristol City Council.

Report a street issue
Bristol Waste Big Tidy crew cleaning a pavement in Bedminster

Bristol cleans up lovely

The Big Tidy crew have cleaned more than 700 streets across the city since the project was launched by Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees in October 2019. Help them stay sparkling with a local litter pick!

Autumn Litter Blitz 2020

Join in with a Big Tidy pledge!

We can all do our bit to help keep Bristol clean and green, and keep our neighbourhoods safe and welcoming for everyone. Show your support by making a Big Tidy pledge today.

To take part, simply select the type of pledge you’d like to make (resident or business) and pledge to do at least one thing to keep your neighbourhood clean and tidy. It might be reporting fly-tip to the council, taking litter home with you or helping a neighbour bring their bins in, or you can write your own!

Where has the Big Tidy visited so far?

Ashley

Southville

Bedminster

Easton

Eastville

Filwood

Hartcliffe & Withywood

Hengrove & Whitchurch Park

Avonmouth

Lawrence Weston

Central

Bishopston

Cotham

Southmead

St Pauls

Big Tidy results so far

Take a look at what we’ve been up to since launching in October 2019:

  • 700+ streets, footpaths and bridges sparkling again
  • 2,930 walls, bridges, benches and bollards cleared of tagging
  • 300+ fly-tips cleared and investigated
  • 600 legal notices and warnings issued
  • 3,000+ residents and businesses engaged
  • 500+ Big Tidy pledges

Big Tidy FAQ

All your questions about the Big Tidy, a joint project from Bristol City Council and Bristol Waste.

The Big Tidy is part of the Bristol Clean Streets campaign. Our Big Tidy crews will be visiting neighbourhoods across Bristol, tackling issues such as littering, tagging, commercial waste crimes, fly-tipping and fly-posting, and overgrown footpaths.

The Big Tidy teams will be visiting priority areas across Bristol. Locations are chosen for the Big Tidy based on data including the local environmental quality survey, quality of life survey, fly-tips removed, litter tonnages, and reporting.

If the Big Tidy is coming to your street, you’ll receive a letter from Bristol Waste Company and possibly a knock on the door from one of our friendly community engagement officers. They’ll be able to tell you the location-specific work we’ll be carrying out in your area.

We’re inviting everyone to join in with the Big Tidy by making a Big Tidy pledge to help bring the sparkle back to their street. Pledges can be as simple as picking up the next piece of litter you see and putting it in the bin (or even better, take it home with you to be recycled). There’s also a Big Tidy business pledge for businesses who want to get involved.

There are loads of ways for you community group to join in the Big Tidy: invite our community engagement officers to speak at your next meeting, organise a Big Tidy litter pick, tell us about the issues in your area by completing this survey, teach your community how to report issues such as flytipping and flyposting, tagging, litter, and streets that need cleaning; tell your network about the campaign on social media, and finally – make the Big Tidy pledge! Don’t forget to use the Big Tidy hashtags on social media: #BristolCleanStreets and #BigTidy

We’d love for your school to join in the Big Tidy! Here are just some ideas for taking part: Invite our community engagement officers to speak at a school assembly, organise a litter pick in the area around your school, let us know what the issues are in your area by completing this survey, tell your network about the campaign on social media, and finally – make the Big Tidy pledge! Don’t forget to use the Big Tidy hashtags on social media: #BristolCleanStreets and #BigTidy

You can start by making the Big Tidy business pledge! You can also tell us about the issues in your area by completing this survey, speak to our community engagement officers about your legal obligations for managing commercial waste, and report litter, tagging, fly-tipping and fly-posting to Bristol City Council.