Litter Picking

Organising a litter pick is an excellent way of bringing people of all ages together to help to care for the local environment


The Great British Spring Clean 2021
Litter pick advice
Borrow litter pick kits
Collecting the filled sacks
Litter poster competition

The Great British Spring Clean - 28 May to 13 June 2021

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Keep Britain Tidy annual nationwide litter pick. Well done to all the litter heroes and who helped to clean up all those special outdoor places that helped us through lockdown.

Join the Great British Spring Clean poster showing dates: 28 May to 13 June 2021
Join the Great British Spring Clean 

Visit the Keep Britain Tidy webpage to read more.

Litter pick advice 

For up-to-date advice about litter picking during the Coronavirus outbreak please see the UK government adviceAlways complete a risk assessment before holding a litter pick.

Litter pick general advice (PDF, 481KB)
Generic litter pick risk assessment  (DOCX, 27KB)

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Borrow litter pick kits

MK Council has many litter pick kits held in the community for hire free of charge. These are not held centrally, but in the community making it easier and more convenient to access. Check our Litter Pick Holders List (PDF, 186KB) to find the one nearest to you.

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Photo of girls picking up litter
                   Litter pick together

Collecting the filled sacks

Please let us know at least 7 days in advance where possible of the area you are litter picking and where you would like the rubbish sacks to be collected from so we can ensure a crew is available to collect the bags.  You can contact the Waste Team by emailing yourwaste@milton-keynes.gov.uk.  If you only have one or two bags for collection you can put them out on your normal collection day and they will be collected as part of your weekly collection.

Don't forget to photograph your event and send images to communications@milton-keynes.gov.uk to share on MK Council social media.

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Litter poster competition 

Schools litter poster competition winner 2021
Winning schools litter poster competition 2021

The Waste and Environment Team in partnership with the Parks Trust ran a litter poster campaign in earlier this year and are pleased to announce that the winning entry was created by Annabelle from Giles Brook School, in Tattenhoe. There were over 200 entries, with the top 10 going into a public vote. Annabelle’s entry received 1,700 votes.

Annabelle’s poster will be displayed across noticeboards in MK to encourage people to keep our city cleaner and greener. It also coincided with Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Great British Spring Clean’ which ran from 28 May to 13 June.

Print off the winning poster (PDF, 34.5MB)

You can read more about the competition on the Parks Trust website. 

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Last Updated: 21 June 2021