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Bristol's Big Tidy

Working together with Bristol City Council, residents and businesses to bring the sparkle back to Bristol!

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Bristol's Big Tidy

The Big Tidy is part of the Bristol City Council and Bristol Waste Company Bristol Clean Streets campaign to make our streets cleaner and greener. The project was launched by Mayor Marvin Rees in 2019 and has already made visible improvements to 900 streets across Bristol.

The dedicated team of street cleansers, graffiti removal experts, enforcement officers and community engagement officers have so far delivered an additional 13,000 hours of street cleansing and 4,000 hours of community engagement for the city.

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

Bristol cleans up lovely

The Big Tidy crew is made up of street cleansers, graffiti removal experts, enforcement officers and community engagement officers. Since the Big Tidy was launched in October 2019, the crew have deep cleaned over 700 streets across the city, removed more than 3,000 graffiti tags and cleared a staggering 471 tonnes of litter, fly-tip and detritus.

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Artist Jenny Simmons painting the walls of Easton Leisure Centre

Bringing the sparkle back

The Big Tidy community engagement officers have spoken to more than 3,000 residents and businesses across the city, held 23 Big Tidy community events, such as the Easton Leisure Centre paint-out, and supported a whopping 60 litter picks. Want to get involved? Litter picking is a great way to start!

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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. Make a Big Tidy pledge today to do at least one thing to help keep your neighbourhood clean and tidy; it could be reporting fly-tip to the council, helping a neighbour bring their bins in, or organising a community event.

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Easton Leisure Centre's Big Tidy

To mark the 12 month anniversary of the Big Tidy, Mayor Marvin Rees joined Bristol Waste and artist Jenny Simmons to paint a mural on the frequently tagged walls of Easton Leisure Centre.

A message from the Mayor

“I launched the Big Tidy to address the continuing problems of littering, graffiti and fly-tipping across the city. The Big Tidy teams help tackle these issues in areas where we know there is a significant problem.

Bringing the sparkle back to an area isn’t as simple as cleaning up a street and thinking that the problem is solved. Residents have to feel ownership of their streets and take pride in them, which is why we have engagement officers on the Big Tidy team to encourage positive behaviour changes and enforcement offers to discourage illegal activities such as fly-tipping and tagging. Thanks to this community approach and the support of Bristol residents, businesses and volunteer groups, the Big Tidy has already made a visible difference to our streets.

These are issues that people care deeply about, and we remain determined to clean up the city and challenge the behaviour of people who think it is acceptable to disrespect the city and its residents.”

– Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees

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 FAQ

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

  • 900+ streets, footpaths and bridges sparkling again
  • Over 3,900 walls, bridges, benches and bollards cleared of tagging
  • More than 470 tonnes of litter, fly-tip and detritus collected
  • 400+ fly-tips cleared and investigated
  • 600+ legal notices and warnings issued
  • 3,000+ residents and businesses engaged by our community engagement team
  • 746 volunteers completed 61 community litter picks
  • 23 Big Tidy community events

Data collected from September 2019 – December 2020

The Big Tidy teams will be visiting priority streets in wards across Bristol. Specific locations within each ward are chosen for based on data including the local environmental quality survey, quality of life survey, fly-tips removed, litter tonnages, and reporting.

As of December 2020, the Big Tidy street cleansing, graffiti removal and community engagement teams have carried out work in 18 wards.

Keep an eye on our social media channels to find out where the Big Tidy crew are currently working. If the Big Tidy is coming to your street, you may receive a letter from one of our friendly community engagement officers telling 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 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, 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 a 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, tell your network about the campaign on social media, and finally – make a Big Tidy pledge! Don’t forget to use the Big Tidy hashtags on social media: #BristolCleanStreets and #BigTidy

You can start by making a Big Tidy pledge! You can also tell us about the issues in your area, 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.