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Bristol’s binning with colourful new campaign

Four colourful bins from the Bristol's binning campaign

Bristol's winning when Bristol's binning

Bristol’s Binning with a new campaign to stop litter reaching our river. Interactive bins, chances to win when you bin, and a wave made of litter floating in the harbour are all part of this colourful campaign.

Did you know?

  • We collect around 3,700 tonnes of litter every year! That’s that same weight as two SS Great Britains or 300 double decker buses.
  • Picking up litter costs the city around £6million a year.
  • Two million pieces of litter are dropped every day in the UK, wreaking havoc on the natural environment and habitats.

A man stops on his bike to use a Bristol's binning litter bin

Bristol’s Binning

Working together to reduce litter in our city, environmental charity Hubbub, Bristol Waste, Bristol City Council have launched the ‘Bristol’s Binning’ campaign. The aim is to reduce litter on the streets and stop it travelling into the harbour and out to sea, where it contributes to the ocean plastic crisis.

Over 50 colourful and eye-catching bins are being installed across the city centre. Key locations have the new bins, such as near take aways, night life venues and parks. Stadiums, transport hubs, markets and the harbour are also included.

The new design bins will feature fun takes on song lyrics, gaming motifs and playful puns. There will be glow in the dark bins and bins that both cheer people on and play music when they are opened.

New on-street recycling bins

New recycling bins for plastic bottles, cans and glass will also be installed for the first time alongside Bristol’s existing general waste bins and coffee cup recycling bins. Making it as easy as possible for people to recycle when out and about.


A row of colourful bins decorated with Bristol's binning signage

Vote with your litter

Colourful voting bins for general litter and ‘ballot bins’ for cigarette butts will be popping up to get people to vote with their litter. Get involved in hot topics such as ‘Surf vs Skate’, ‘Drum & Bass vs Techno’ or ‘Casa Amor vs Main Villa’.


A woman scans a Bristol's binning QR code on her phone to sign up to the LitterLotto app

Bin it to win it

Bristolians will also be able to literally win using the LitterLotto app – a free to enter Prize Draw, with regular spot prizes and jackpots just for binning litter.

Council enforcement officers will also be out rewarding residents doing their bit to reduce litter. Put your litter in a bin and you could win an on-the-spot prize!

With the overarching message that Bristol is binning – and therefore winning. The campaign aims to instil a sense of fun and pride to keep streets litter-free and clean.

A woman uses a voting bin by putting a cigarette butt into one half of the bin

A huge wave of litter floating in Bristol harbour

To galvanise the public to take action, an art installation of a giant wave made of litter has been created by eco-artist Wren Miller, with support from Bristol Council, Bristol Waste and Hargreaves Lansdown.

The spectacular wave is made with 90kg of waste. That’s the equivalent to the volume of litter dropped on Baldwin Street in just one busy Friday! The attention-grabbing sculpture highlights the scale of littering in Bristol’s City Centre.

The four-metre-tall and six-metre-wide wave sculpture will be ‘crashing’ in Bristol Harbour. It is a beautiful area spanning 83 acres that attracts many visitors each year but also considerable amounts of litter. Unfortunately it often gets blow into the water and ends up in rivers and oceans.

a huge sculpture made of litter in the shape of a wave floating in Bristol harbour

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees officially launched the campaign

The Wave sculpture will be floating on Bristol harbourside for at least three months. After this, it will be moved on land between city centre locations.

Mayor Rees said: “We all have a part to play in making sure that Bristol is clean and green and can be enjoyed by everyone.

“The Wave sculpture shows the extent of the problem in Bristol, and why we need to take action. Not only does litter look unsightly it can be harmful to both people and animals – especially if it ends up becoming ocean pollution.

“We are delighted to be installing new recycling bins around the city centre, which will also help us to improve our recycling rates across the city and achieve our ambitious goals.

“We hope this campaign will capture the attention of the people of Bristol and encourage them to think twice about dropping litter after a night out. Working together we can make Bristol a city we can all be proud of.”

A group of people pose around new Bristol litter bins on the harbourside

Can we wave goodbye to litter?

Students from the University of Bristol will carry out a litter pick on the day. There will also be pop-up two-minute litter picks around the city in the months to come.

The campaign has been developed based on insights from Hubbub research, the charity’s Neat Streets campaign in Bournemouth, and in collaboration with partners and residents. This ensures it reaches the right people in the environments they are most likely to litter.

Data from Bristol Waste Company has helped identify litter hotspots across the city. This enabled the campaign partners to ensure that bins are strategically located to have the biggest effect.

Hubbub involved students from University of Bristol and Bristol College in the design of the campaign messages. In a 20202 poll by the charity, over a third of 16-25 year-olds admitted to littering in the past month. The poll also showed that men were twice as likely to litter as women.

Natasha Gammell, creative partner at Hubbub said:

“Bristol is known for leading the way on environmental issues, but litter continues to be a problem, particularly at night as a result of people enjoying the nightlife. We hope these hilarious bins that play catchy tunes and glow in the dark, will turn some heads and encourage people to use them and not leave their litter lying around the city. With this campaign, we can show that Bristol is winning by binning!”

Bristol Waste said:

“In central Bristol the litter can pile up. From Baldwin Street alone our crews collect around 500kg of litter a week. That’s roughly 11,300 bags of litter from just this one road every year. The toughest clean ups can be after a Friday or Saturday night, when bottles, cans and cigarette butts are the biggest problem. At this time it can take two hours to clean this one street.

“Thanks to the graft and dedication of the street cleaning team, Bristol is clean and safe again by the time most of us wake up. But we all have a responsibility to look after our outdoor spaces, keeping them safe for everyone to enjoy. That’s why we’re supporting this project, and why everyone wins when Bristol bins.”

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