Suffolk Litter Picking Events

The Suffolk Waste Partnership is keen to support local community efforts to clean up towns, villages and our countryside, to help make Suffolk the Greenest County by getting involved in a litter pick during 2018.

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 not improves the look of an area, it’s a great way to get out and about, meet like-minded members of your local community, improve habitats and remove 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 details of your event, and they can loan you useful equipment (such as picking sticks, gloves, bags and high-visibility vests) as well as arranging to get rid of the collected litter.

Dealing with the litter after your event

If you have collected just a few bags of litter by yourself, the easiest thing to do is to place these in your usual household waste wheeled bin. Plastic bottles, cans and paper can be placed in your recycling bin as long as they're clean, dry and loose.

For larger amounts, contact your local district or borough council who can arrange for it to be collected. This is the easiest way of dealing with the litter from a large community litter pick. Collections available Monday - Friday by prior arrangement.

Alternatively, you can take the litter to one of the County Council’s Recycling Centres, where you will be asked to complete a 'litter pick waste declaration and authorisation form' to certify the source of the waste. The Recycling Centre Team Leader will then be required to counter sign the form. This is to ensure that no hazardous or unauthorised commercial waste is being deposited. Please be aware that hazardous or unauthorised waste will not be accepted and cannot be left at the Recycling Centre. You must take it away and contact your District/Borough Council for collection and disposal

If you do plan to take the litter to one of the Recycling Centres, we would encourage that, where possible, you collect recyclables such as cans and glass bottles separately, for ease of recycling on arrival at the site.

Please note that for licensing reasons the Recycling Centres cannot accept tyres, liquid 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, liquid, hazardous, or bulky items that have been fly tipped 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

Keep Britain Tidy