Litter Picking During a Pandemic

UPDATE 16 MARCH:

We have just received word that the Great British Spring Clean is postponed until the autumn (11-27 September). We’ll make the announcement later in the year about where and when the Chippenham Clean Up will be occur. In the meantime, here is the advice previously sent out from Keep Britain Tidy about keeping safe if you’re picking up litter at the moment.

If you’d like to get out and pick up on your own in Chippenham, please get in touch at hello@off-the-ground.org so we can loan you equipment.

The aim of the Great British Spring Clean is for communities to come together, clean up their local environment and have fun, which of course means staying safe at all times.

Given the UK Chief Medical Officers have now raised the coronavirus (COVID-19) risk to the UK from moderate to high, its only sensible that volunteers engaging in the Great British Spring Clean take extra hygiene precautions to prevent the spread of this, or any other, preventable illness.

Do not attend a clean-up if you feel unwell or are showing cold or flu like symptoms, stay home to protect yourself and others.

Keep Britain Tidy asks that you undertake your clean-up events in line with the advice being issued by Public Health England (PHE). In particular, participants are asked to use the following guidelines:

  • Wear gloves during the clean-up at all times.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds before and after your event.
  • Event organisers are advised to provide hand sanitiser for participants where possible or sign post to accessible hand washing facilities.
  • Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects, such as litter pickers, using your regular cleaning products.
  • Stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people whenever possible.

Being part of the Great British Spring Clean is a wonderful way to show you care about your local environment but to have fun, as well as to make a difference, it is important to stay safe and take these simple precautions to make your event a success.

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