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Community litter picks

Litter remains a big problem across the country. Not only is it unsightly, but it devalues the local area, pollutes the environment, causes harm to residents and wildlife and is expensive to remove, which ultimately costs council tax payers money. Councils in England spend more than £700 million on street cleaning services every year.

Marine litter is a global issue and although Dacorum is not coastal, 80 per cent of marine litter originates from land, as it is often washed there through waterways and drains.

Great British Spring Clean

Each year we support Keep Britain Tidy’s litter-picking campaign, the Great British Spring Clean. In 2021, the national campaign set the impressive goal of litter picking a million miles around the UK. Litter heroes around the UK helped achieve this goal, picking over 1.15 million miles in just two weeks.  

In Dacorum, we ran our 2021 Spring Clean campaign over the months of May and June, with more than 1,000 volunteers joining in from around the borough. The two-month clean-up resulted in nearly 2,800 miles of our local streets, parks and green spaces being cleared of litter. The volunteers collected more than 300 bags of rubbish and 200 bags of recyclable litter. Find out more about the 2021 Spring Clean campaign.

Litter picking throughout the year

Organise your own litter pick

We can support you in organising a litter pick in your local area throughout the year. You can borrow litter-picking equipment from our Clean, Safe and Green department, and we can arrange for the bags of litter to be collected following your event.

If you would like to organise a litter pick, please call 01442 228000 and ask for 'Clean, Safe and Green' or email cleansafegreen@dacorum.gov.uk.

If you're interested in litter picking on a regular basis, you may want to register as a Street Champion. You'll be provided with your own kit filled with litter-picking equipment.

Find out more about some of the local volunteer litter pickers that help keep Dacorum clean, safe and green:

Free litter awareness talks for schools

Primary schools in Dacorum can get a free litter awareness talk or assembly. Litter-picking equipment can also be brought in for pupils to use in the school grounds and/or surrounding areas.

For more information, please call 01442 228000 and ask for 'Clean, Safe and Green' or email cleansafegreen@dacorum.gov.uk. Litter-picking equipment is loaned on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, including other initiatives we run or support, please visit our schools page.