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Community litter picking | Birmingham City Council

Key announcements

Coronavirus remains a serious health risk. It’s important to stay cautious and help protect yourself and others. Please continue to follow national government advice. A heat-health alert has been issued by Public Health England. Follow our advice on dealing with a heatwave.

Community litter picking

As lockdown restrictions have eased slightly, and individuals, household groups, and groups of up to thirty people can spend an unlimited amount of time in our parks and outdoor spaces, we can now resume our support to clean-up activities.

In order to do this safely we have been working with Birmingham Open Spaces Forum to agree a “Covid Secure” Operating Procedures and Risk Assessment document that sets out guidance on how volunteers can start to re-engage with the local green space and with each other. This guidance mirrors that being produced nationally by Keep Britain Tidy and is available on the Birmingham Open Spaces Forum website.

If you want to organise a community clean-up, we can support you by providing clean-up equipment, advice for carrying out your clean-up safely, and collecting any rubbish afterwards. Contact us here to register:

Volunteer to become a litter picker

Litter picking, supporting your community during Covid-19

With Covid-19 currently impacting on how volunteering and litter picking can take place, two easy to follow check sheets for litter picking have been produced with handy tips to keep you safe. If you are an individual looking to litter pick please download our check list.  Please follow the training document if you are considering undertaking a community litter pick.

For groups including ‘Friends of Parks Groups’ please see download our group check list.

Always follow the latest government guidance on Covid-19. Please refer to the government website:

Disclaimer: Volunteers should not participate in litter picks unless they understand and accept that participation is entirely at their own risk. Volunteers are not working for, or on behalf of Birmingham City Council and therefore the council cannot be held liable for any loss, damage or injury caused as a result of the actions and omissions of volunteers. Litter Action provide advice on insurance to cover your clean up.

More information

You can find out more general information about how to organise community litter picks on Keep Britain Tidy's website.