Get involved

Community Engagement

Meet the Bristol Waste community engagement team and find out how you can get involved.


Bristol's community engagement team

The Bristol Waste community engagement team run projects, deliver talks and work with schools and community groups to show how recycling more and wasting less is better for our wellbeing, pockets, the environment and the city as a whole.

The team also work with local groups and individuals to help solve their waste issues and run specialised projects to improve the neighbourhood street scene.

If you’re a Bristol resident with ideas or questions about how Bristol Waste Company serves the city, the community engagement team are here to listen and help out wherever possible.

From the award-winning Great Bristol Spring Clean to the Big Tidy and Operation Waste Watch, the community engagement team are always up to something. Keep an eye on this page for our latest campaigns and ways to get involved.

Your community engagement team

Talking rubbish

Our Community Engagement team are a fountain of waste and recycling knowledge and they love answering questions from the residents of Bristol. They can help with your queries, offer advice and help with waste issues within your community.

Face-to-face talks and tours and litter picking kit hire are currently suspended due to coronavirus, but if you’d like to arrange a virtual talk for your school, community group or other organisation, send us an email with the details and one of the team will get back to you.

Bristol Waste male employee stoof in front of household recycling truck

Transfer station tours

Get up-close and personal with the city’s recycling on a tour of the transfer station. Discover what it takes to manage the city’s recycling, how we separate plastics and cans, where cardboard goes, and just how many food waste containers we fill in a week.

Book a tour
Two small children in hi-viz vests and ear defenders standing in front of bales of compacted cans and giving thumbs up

Talks and workshops

Our engagement team visit Bristol community groups, schools and youth clubs to chat about the city’s waste, recycling and litter; how it’s managed and what residents can do to lessen their environmental impact. Simply submit an enquiry to the team to book a presentation or workshop.

Request a talk
Bristol Waste community engagement officer Hanna holding a litter picker and a litter bag

Litter Picking

Ever thought about getting together with your neighbours, family or friends to do a community litter pick? We’ll provide everything you need to help keep the city ship shape and Bristol fashion: litter picking sticks, high visibility tabards, bags and hoops (to help keep your bags open).

Get your litter picking kit
Get in touch

Talk to a community engagement officer

Have questions or ideas about waste and recycling in Bristol? Click here to send our community engagement team an email.

Clean Streets Forum

The Bristol Clean Streets Forum brings together volunteers and community activists, council officers, councillors, the police and Bristol Waste to work together to improve the street scene and waste management in Bristol. Forum meetings are currently suspended due to coronavirus – check back soon for an updates. 

Be heard

The forum is the place where, with representatives from the council (both council officers and councillors) and Bristol Waste in attendance; you can ask questions, give feedback and help shape the services we provide.

Make connections

Connect with people in your area who share your enthusiasm for making Bristol clean and tidy. The forum also provides a central point of contact for residents who would like to get involved but don’t know where to start.

Share knowledge

Give us your input and expertise to help us focus on the things that matter to the citizens of Bristol. Share your knowledge, experiences and insights with each other and promote collaboration across the city.

Build a community

Join a group of likeminded people seeking inspiration and sharing ideas, plans and activities to make our city cleaner and greener.

The Clean Streets Forum’s education & awareness sub-group is collating a comprehensive list of all of Bristol’s wonderful groups and individuals that help to keep our city shipshape.

Got questions? We have answers!

We’ve moved as much engagement online as possible; creating educational videos to help with homeschooling and in your local community group on Facebook. During the lockdown, some of our engagement officers, Hanna and Ewan, retrained to work on the front-line of waste collection to help keep our city running smoothly.

Transfer station tours, face-to-face talks and workshops have all been cancelled for now. Keep checking back for updates, we can’t wait to get all these activities back up and running when it’s safe to do so.

Yes, we provide high-visibility vests, steel-toed boots (please bring socks!) and ear defenders for kids. Children are asked to wear wellies; our boots only go down to an adult size 3.

Children are welcomed to the tours but must be accompanied on a 1:2 basis (1 adult to 2 children). You are responsible for your children and their behaviour, the transfer station is a working site and health and safety rules must be adhered to.

Where possible, we offer bespoke tours to community groups, schools and university students. Please get in touch with us directly to enquire about arranging a bespoke tour at or 0117 304 9022