Recycling and rubbish
Volunteer litter picking
We offer guidance and advice for groups who want to get involved in litter picking. We loan out high visibility waistcoats, litter pickers, sack hoops and give gloves, waste and recycling sacks to local communities who want to organise a litter pick. We will also collect and dispose of the rubbish you collect.
Epping Forest District Council can only support litter picks that take place on land that it is responsible for. The default position of the council is that it will only support volunteer activity in litter picking on land that is ‘council owned’. It has no jurisdiction covering other areas. Please see the Guidance for litter picker volunteers for more details.
Litter picking in a public place will always involve a level of risk to the individuals involved. Before commencing a litter pick please carry out a site inspection and risk assessment to identify the possible hazards. You’ll find a guidance for litter pickers along with risk assessment and application form below.
During the ongoing Coronavirus epidemic, please ensure that your litter picking event has appropriate safety measures in place e.g. physical distancing and limited groups sizes in line with current government guidelines. In addition to the litter pick advice see guidance from Keep Britain tidy.
Volunteers should not participate in litter picks unless they understand and accept that participation is entirely at their own risk. If you wish to know of any insurance cover for the activity you will need to contact the organiser not the Council.
Volunteers are not working for, or on behalf of Epping Forest District Council and therefore the Council cannot be held liable for any loss, damage or injury caused as a result of the actions and/or omissions of volunteers engaged in this activity.