Big Tidy FAQ

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

  • 1000+ 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).

Children can also get involved with our Little Big Tidiers scheme! Litter picking is a great way to get outside with the family, and as a Little Big Tidier your child completes 6 litter picks (with a special prize at the end!) Register your child here and our team will send you a loyalty card to record your picks.

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

Start by making a Big Tidy pledge! 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.

You can also get your team directly involved in bringing the sparkle back to your area by requesting a Big Tidy Business litter picking kit. Email the Big Tidy team at bigtidy@bristolwastecompany.co.uk and we’ll drop one off!