17/3/2020 – Updated advice from Keep Britain Tidy re Coronavirus – event postponed until 11-27/9/2020
13/3/2020 – Updated advice from Keep Britain Tidy re Coronavirus & your litter pick:
The aim of the Great British Spring Clean is for communities to come together, clean up their local environment and have fun, which of course means staying safe at all times.Given the UK Chief Medical Officers have now raised the coronavirus (COVID-19) risk to the UK from moderate to high, its only sensible that volunteers engaging in the Great British Spring Clean take extra hygiene precautions to prevent the spread of this, or any other, preventable illness.
Do not attend a clean-up if you feel unwell or are showing cold or flu like symptoms, stay home to protect yourself and others.
Keep Britain Tidy asks that you undertake your clean-up events in line with the advice being issued by Public Health England (PHE). In particular, participants are asked to use the following guidelines:
- Wear gloves during the clean-up at all times
- Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds before and after your event
- Event organisers are advised to provide hand sanitiser for participants where possible or sign post to accessible hand washing facilities
- Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects, such as litter pickers, using your regular cleaning products
- Stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people whenever possible
Being part of the Great British Spring Clean is a wonderful way to show you care about your local environment but to have fun, as well as to make a difference, it is important to stay safe and take these simple precautions to make your event a success. We will continue to monitor Government announcements and update our advice on this page as the situation evolves.
Keep Britain Tidy is once again running The Great British Spring Clean to encourage local residents to organise community litter picking events.
You can find out more information by visiting this website: https://www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/great-british-spring-clean?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5dSjoNH-5wIVS9HeCh385AGCEAAYASAAEgKhAfD_BwE
The above site enables you to sign up to host a litter pick in your community. You can also browse for litter picks that are already being organised by local residents and sign up to join their litter pick.
As part of the process, organisers will also need to complete a risk assessment, so that you can make sure that volunteers on your pick are kept safe. They provide you with a template and guidance.
You can also download a comprehensive guide to organising a community event from their website.
Once you have registered your event (so AVDC know that your event is being properly organised):
- Visit this link https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/b613bd9f3f5549db9f28db1bba13a0f7 to tell AVDC all about your event by filling in the online form
- AVDC will then arrange to collect and safely dispose of all the bags of rubbish you collect
- Remember to visit AVDC’s Gateway Office to collect a free supply of bags for your litter picking event
The parish council pays for litter picking on a regular basis in our playgrounds, open space and adopted residential roads. You may therefore like to concentrate on other areas of open space which are not picked as frequently such as the woodland walk through Castlemead, the local wildlife site off Westfield Road or the windmill field etc. Such open space is particularly suitable if you hope to have children or dogs on your litter pick as they are safer. Please take extra care if you plan to collect litter from the roadside, especially if you are outside the 30mph limit (eg the top end of Westfield Road) and take the necessary safety precautions.