Litter picks

We are not supporting any large group litter picks at the moment. 

Following the national guidelines of the 'rule of six', you are now able to litter pick as an individual or small group (five or less). You can do this by joining our Adopt-a-Street scheme.

To help protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:

  • wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
  • cover face - wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces, if you’re able to
  • make space - stay at least a metre away from people not in your household

If you’re feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.

We have litter picking equipment available which can be lent to community groups who want to arrange a litter pick on our land or land that we manage.

How to arrange a litter pick on our land

If you want to arrange a litter pick you’ll need to read and complete the documents below.

We only have a small amount of equipment available, so we can only lend the equipment to one group at a time, on a first come, first served basis.

Please contact us as early as possible before your event. 

Residential areas

For litter picks in residential areas/streets email wasteman@n-somerset.gov.uk and title your email ‘litter picking in a residential area’. If you’re interested in arranging regular litter picks in residential areas take a look at our adopt a street page.

Weston seafront

For litter picks along Weston seafront email events@n-somerset.gov.uk and title your email ‘litter picking along Weston seafront’.

Terms of use

  • ad-hoc events cover community/resident litter picks, corporate days, and events such as Keep Britain Tidy's ‘big spring clean’
  • our insurance will only cover residents working on our land/land that we manage, using our risk assessments. It does not cover anyone working on land not owned/managed by us and we cannot lend equipment in these circumstances
  • risk assessments must be adhered to, and our officers will spot check events
  • we can only support events on land that is safe to work on
  • we cannot support events or lend equipment to proposals that involve work in unsafe areas, for example, working on roads with speed limits over 30mph with no pavements
  • charities/corporate organisations carrying out work on our land are not covered by our insurance and will have to produce their own public liability insurance with a minimum value of £5m
    • risk assessments will also be required
    • the event will need to be booked in through our events team
  • events run in association with a friends group, such as a litter picking events or wassail, are covered by our insurance only if an event-specific risk assessment is produced and provided to the responsible officer for our files
  • event leaders are responsible for ensuring the risk assessment has been signed by all participants 
  • all participants under the age of 18 must be supervised by an adult at all times