Suffolk Litter Picking Events

The Suffolk Waste Partnership is keen to support local community efforts to clean up towns, villages and countryside, to help make Suffolk the Greenest County by getting involved in a litter pick during 2017.

Several groups across Suffolk are planning to give their neighbourhoods a spruce-up, and, it is hoped that with more groups and individuals taking part this year, a real difference can be made.

A litter pick is not only good for the community, it’s a great way to get out and about, improves habitats and removes potential hazards for wildlife and makes our county somewhere visitors will want to return to.

Check out the calendar below for local events (if you want to see a full list of events click on the 'Agenda' tab):


Suffolk litter picks gallery

Arranging a litter pick

All of the district and borough councils across Suffolk will support community efforts to carry out local litter picks all year round, not just during the Spring or during national campaigns.

If your group is organising a litter pick in Suffolk and would like assistance, please call your local district or borough council (contact details below) with your group name, address, a contact name, email and/or telephone number, the date and location of the planned pick, and the equipment you require.

Please be aware that Councils’ stock of loanable equipment is finite, so to avoid disappointment during periods of high demand and to help you plan your event, you can check our online calendar of community litter picks (see above) to see when other groups have registered their activities.

Dealing with the litter after your event

Your local district or borough council can also make arrangements for the council to collect the gathered litter, and this will usually be the easiest way of dealing with the litter afterwards.

Alternatively, you can if you wish, take it yourself to one of the County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres; you can do this by downloading the "community litter pick authorisation form” or emailing to request a copy. If you do plan to take the litter to one of these centres, it’s a good idea to collect recyclables such as tins and cans separately for ease of recycling on arrival at the site.

Remember, the Household Waste Recycling Centres don’t accept tyres or hazardous waste, so please don’t attempt to remove these by yourselves. If in the course of your community litter pick you come across tyres, hazardous, or bulky items that have been flytipped on public land, please leave them where they are and report them to your local district or borough council. 

Borough/ District Council contacts:

Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils: 01449 724946

Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Councils: 01284 763233

Ipswich Borough Council: 01473 432994

Suffolk Coastal District Council: 01394 444000

Waveney District Council: 01502 527100

More useful advice about how to plan and organise a community litter picking event can be found on Keep Britian Tidy's campaign websites:

The Great British Spring Clean

The Big Tidy Up