Great British Spring Clean


Trafford Council has pledged its support for this year’s Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The campaign, which runs from March 20th to April 13th, will see local people taking action to clean up streets, parks and open spaces across Trafford.

We aim to improve on last year’s figures, where nearly 700 #LitterHeroes collected 746 bags of rubbish in Trafford. We are asking individuals, schools community organisations and businesses to show they love where they live and support the Great British Spring Clean in 2020.

We would like as many residents, community groups, schools and businesses to join in this call to action and collect and dispose of litter from our streets, parks and open spaces, recycling as much as possible along the way. You can host your own litter pick, or pick up litter whilst you’re walking the dog or taking the kids to school or join an event that is already taking place in the Borough.

Arranging your own litter pick

If you would like to arrange your own litter pick we will help you along the way.

Please register your litter pick and request to loan litter pickers and delivery of some bags for a one off clean up.

Trafford residents can also receive a free litter picking kit to keep if they sign the Be Responsible Pledge.

You can download our empty belly poster to help promote your litter pick.

Once you have carried out your litter pick you can arrange to have the bags of litter collected by e-mailing

Please let us know how many bags you want collecting and where you have left them.

Litter Pick Bingo

We have identified the top 8 litter types in Trafford. As you carry out your litter pick, see if you can find them. Download our Litter Pick Bingo game.

Alternatively, download and complete our Activity Sheet.

Insurance and health & safety

If you take part in a Be Responsible Pledge litter pick, you will be covered by the Council’s Public Liability Insurance where you can show that you have thought about how to reduce the potential risk of harm to you and your volunteers. You should visit the site where you want to litter pick and carry out a full assessment of the risks. It’s important you consider all of the possible risks to you and your volunteers. Keep Britain Tidy have provided some guidance to help you: Great British Spring Clean Guide for Hosts and Risk Assessment 

Each clean-up is different, so once you know the site and the terrain, think about the maximum number of people you could look after during the clean-up. Make sure everyone is aware of potentially dangerous items that they should not pick up. If dangerous, poisonous or hazardous items are present, contact the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60. If syringes are spotted at any stage during your clean-up, do not attempt to move them yourself. Make a note of their location and inform us on 03330 035865.