Litter Free Ashford

A Cleaner Ashford Starts With You 

We love Ashford, but we hate litter. We are on a mission to stop people being lazy chuckers. However, we can’t do this alone, we need the residents of Ashford’s help.

It’s a fact that tidy streets and parks have a positive impact on people’s well-being and messy streets attract even more mess and negative feelings.

‘Don’t be a Lazy Chucker’ is our brand new litter campaign aimed at those inconsiderate people who bring it but don’t bin it. The campaign will focus on four major ‘hotspot’ litter locations and later expand to cover further areas in the borough

Litter is Harmful to WildlifeCygnets in reeds approaching a plastic bag

When litter is dropped on the streets or in our green spaces, it not only looks unsightly but it also creates a hazard for Wildlife.

The RSPCA receive on average 14 calls a day across the UK about animals affected by litter and these calls spike in the summer months, but this could be higher as many wild animals are never found. 

How can litter be dangerous to animals?

Everyday objects that seem perfectly safe, can sadly become hazardous when found accidentally by animals. By disposing our rubbish safely instead of littering we are making choices that could save many lives.

Protecting animals from harmful rubbish is easy.  Dispose of your rubbish responsibly by recycling, reusing or simply putting it in the bin!

With such a harmful effect, what can we do to protect their home and stop people dropping litter.

Take ActionLitter around a public bin in a park with seagulls picking up litter

Could you become one of Ashford’s #litterheros?

Three residents along with seven parish clerks have already taken part in the Litter Hero workshop delivered by Keep Britain Tidy alongside Kent County Council

The #Litterheroes that took part in the training will now be able to conduct safe and accountable litter picks in line with the guidance set out on our website. Each group will be given a set of litter pickers to use and loan out to local parishioners and will support the delivery of the ‘Lazy Chucker’ campaign in their area.

Get guidance on how to run a litter pick.

Frequently Asked Questions

+ Can I loan equipment from the council?

Yes, you can loan equipment off the council such as litterpickers and Hi-vis vests but stock is limited. If you wish to loan out equipment or register a litter pick please complete the community litter pick form on our webpage.

+ How do I dispose of collected litter?

Volunteers are asked to re-use supermarket carrier bags, or similar, to collect litter as it is environmentally friendly to re-use these bags and ensures that the volumes of litter collected are manageable to handle.

Where possible, litter collected should be disposed of by volunteers through their own refuse/recycling collections. For one-off litter picks, where larger quantities of litter are likely to be collected, the Council can arrange for the litter collected to be disposed of after the event.