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Litter picking

Everything you need to start litter picking in Bristol and help keep the city shipshape and Bristol fashion.

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Kit hire

Litter picking can be a rewarding solo activity or a fun way to meet your neighbours and get involved with your community. There are dozens of established groups across the city with new ones popping up all the time. If you are planning a community litter pick, download this helpful guide to get started.

We can supply the litter picking sticks and high visibility vests, lots of bags and a hoop to help keep the bags open.

Get litter picking with these 5 easy steps!

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1. Decide where to pick

Quickly check that you’re picking within a Bristol City Council area. Or, join a Bristol based litter picking group that’s already picking!

Check the map and the address to make sure we can collect your litter.

Check it's within Bristol
Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees and a group of school children holding litter pickers.

2. Keep yourselves safe

To keep everyone safe please download and read our health and safety checklist before organising a clean up. Litter picking is done at your own risk.

Health and safety checklist
Litter picking sticks in the shape of a heart

3. Get your litter picking kit

You can borrow litter picking kit from Bristol Waste for free. Use our online form to book your kit.

Litter picking gear is usually available for collection 48 hours after you submit the request form. Collections are available from Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 16:00. For any enquiries, please email hello@bristolwastecompany.co.uk.

Need extra rubbish bags? No problem, please let us know how many you need by completing this form.

Book your kit
A woman stands behind a pile of litter bags with her arms outstretched

4. Share your results

Every bag of litter and minute of your time helps keep our city clean, green and welcoming for everyone. To help us keep the most accurate data, we rely on residents who regularly clean up their area to keep us updated on their progress.

Share your results
Two Bristol waste staff leaning on a sign made from rubbish. The sign says thank you

5. Dispose of your litter

To dispose of the litter you’ve collected, you can either take your bags home for kerbside collection or organise a collection by completing the Litter Collection Form.

Please arrange to return the kit to community engagement HQ on an agreed day. Kit collections and returns will be in agreed timeslots on weekdays, but we’ll try and work around when is best for you.

Thank you for helping keep Bristol tidy!

Book a collection

Ready to get litter picking?

Fill in these forms to order litter picking kits and get the rubbish collected. We would love to also see the results of your pick so don't forget to share your photos!

Litter picking guide

Join a local litter picking group

Each pin on the map is a different litter picking group. Click on a pin to see more information!

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Whitchurch Wombles

https://www.facebook.com/groups/643570292685647/

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Newtown Park group

Monthly pick in the park and around Newtown area. Organised/led by community leader Debbie Benjamin: newtownlive20@outlook.com (last couple of picks haven’t happened due to community grieving & recovering from tragic events in the park. Will need to confirm with Debbie again that these will continue and that she’s happy for her email address to be shared. Can confirm this closer to time of publishing this page as giving some time and space to community for now).

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Frome Valley Fairies (Eastville)

https://www.facebook.com/fromefairies

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SusWot (Sustainable Westbury on Trym)

With litter picking as just one of their many environmental activities, there are sub groups that have found routes with the most litter in order to address key hot spots for it in an area that generally has low litter levels compared to neighbouring areas.
https://www.facebook.com/suswot/
https://www.suswot.org.uk/

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Easton Wombles

https://www.facebook.com/groups/513156903171973

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Stockwood Litter Picking

https://www.facebook.com/groups/603904663893907/

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Clean Up Bristol Harbour

https://www.facebook.com/CleanUpBristolHarbour/

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Friends of Brislington Brook

https://www.facebook.com/FriendsBrislingtonBrook/

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Whitchurch Wombles

https://www.facebook.com/groups/643570292685647/

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Sustainable Southmead

Carrying out regular picks but need more recruits to keep up the momentum. Get in touch at: https://www.facebook.com/SustainableSouthmead

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Royate Hill Nature Reserve

Open group. Alternating Saturday/Sunday monthly pick at the Royate Hill Nature Reserve and Greenbank View. martyn8@blueyonder.co.uk (approved & consent given for all info above to be shared with public).

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Newtown Network – Newtown Park

Monthly pick in the park and around Newtown area. Organised/led by community leader Debbie Benjamin: newtownlive20@outlook.com (last couple of picks haven’t happened due to community grieving & recovering from tragic events in the park. Will need to confirm with Debbie again that these will continue and that she’s happy for her email address to be shared. Can confirm this closer to time of publishing this page as giving some time and space to community for now).

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Sea Mills and Coombe Dingle Climate Action

Regular picks, not set days of the month but worth contacting key organiser – Elena Hensinger. Often she will ask us for kit, Need to confirm she’s happy for us to have her email on here and that people can join in before page is published.

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Pen Park Pickers

Monthly pick, will soon have long-term equipment they borrow from us as they have shown commitment to picking every month and are also key in monitoring other waste issues in the area such as with MRC’s and fly-tipping. Key contact: Adele Green, but will confirm that she’s happy to have her email on there or not. Families, both kids & adults picking.

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St Bonaventures Church litter picking group

Monthly picks, usually finishing at North Rd covering lots of side streets in the area. They have their own equipment and encourage those that join to also buy their own to keep the momentum going. To inquire about joining the next one, please email: bristol.stbonaventure@cliftondiocese.com

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Barton Hill Settlement

Monthly picks, meeting at the Barton Hill Settlement. Need to get contact details confirmed for this one.

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Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust

Anti-fly tipping litter picks and events focusing on regenerating the area around Constable Rd in Lockleaze. Contact Karen to get involved in litter picks with LNT: karen@lockleazent.co.uk

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Friends of the Avon New Cut

https://www.facebook.com/friendsoftheavonnewcut/

https://franc.org.uk/

Not specifically a litter picking group. Friends of the Avon New Cut (commonly known as FrANC) was formed in 2006 when a group of local people got together in order to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the Avon New Cut including its history, geology and wildlife and its role in the development of Bristol’s Floating Harbour.

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Fishponds Cleaner Streets

Monthly picks in Fishponds by the railway bridge area and industrial estate. Visit:
https://www.cleanupuk.org.uk/groups/fishponds-clean-streets/ and get in touch with: Louise, Pete, Carol & Stuart via cleanerfishponds@gmail.com

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Friends of St George Park (FOSGP)

https://friendsofstgeorgepark.org.uk/
Monthly picks in the park. To get involved email: info@friendsofstgeorgepark.org.uk

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Share your photos with us

We love seeing photos from your activities! You can email them to hello@bristolwastecompany.co.uk or share them with us on social media using the hashtags #BigTidy and #BristolCleanStreets