Litter pickers needed for the big bag challenge

Great British Spring Clean

We are supporting residents who pledge to pick one bag of litter for the Great British Spring Clean campaign. We are proud to be backing the Keep Britain Tidy charity campaign, and we're encouraging people to pledge to do their bit to clear up the litter that blights the borough.

This year’s campaign, running between March and April 2022, calls on families, neighbours, friends and colleagues to join forces and pledge to collect a bag of litter from nearby streets and beauty spots in order to protect our vibrant communities and precious wildlife habitats.

Last year, more than 1,000 local volunteers collected 314 bags of rubbish and more than 215 bags of recycling from around Dacorum. In a national survey of people who took part in 2021, 86 per cent said volunteering helped improve their mood, more than half agreed it helped them meet new people and make friends, and an overwhelming 91 per cent agreed they felt more pride in their local area after participating.

As well as polluting our streets and parks, litter harms wildlife, domestic pets and cattle, and costs UK tax payers over £1 billion a year to clean up. In the last five months alone, volunteer litter pickers and Street Champions have collected a staggering 353 bags of rubbish from across their local areas in Dacorum.

The Great British Spring Clean, now in its seventh year, brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep, the charity is keen to stress litter picking can be accessible to everybody with the right resources.

We will be supporting our local litter heroes by loaning out litter-picking equipment including litter-picking sticks, recycling and rubbish bags as well as providing advice.

To find out more about how you can take part in the Great British Spring Clean and help represent Dacorum on the national stage, please visit our Great British Spring Clean page.

If you would like to help keep your streets clean, safe and green all year round, you can sign up to be a Street Champion. Visit our  Street Champions page for more information.