Community Litter Pick

We support local communities and volunteers who wish to organise community litter picks. We'd like to know about your event and offer equipment for loan subject to availability. We can also assist you to dispose of the collected litter.  Please read our Frequently Asked Questions and then complete our online community litter pick form.

Frequently asked questions

Who does Ashford Borough Council loan equipment to?+

Ashford Borough Council will loan equipment and provide refuse and recycling bags free of charge, to borough residents who are organising community litter picks. 

What equipment can I borrow?+

Litter pickers (long-handle grabbers), high visibility vests in adult and child sizes, pairs of protective gloves in adult and child sizes, and bag hoops are available.  Stocks are limited and equipment is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so please submit your request at least ten working days before your event.

How do I dispose of the collected litter?+

We offer a free pick-up and disposal of collected litter from an agreed location; you can choose this when you complete the application form. If you wish to dispose of the litter yourself, we ask that you do so responsibly at a local tip and recycle as much as possible.

What precautions should I take to keep people safe?+

Litter picking can be hazardous. We advise you to undertake a full risk assessment before the event, which includes both the area to be cleaned and any limitations of those taking part; you can then put measures in place to reduce or remove any risk. Protective clothing should be worn.  We recommend that you arrange public liability insurance too.  We do not support any event that involves litter picking on public roads where the speed limit is greater than 30 miles per hour.  All our equipment is checked before being loaned but it would be sensible for you to check again as you hand it out.

If I don't need equipment or waste collection, should I still tell you about my event?+

We would like to know about any litter picking event in the borough, even if you do not need any help from the council; we keep a count of the number of events held to demonstrate your pride in the borough.  Litter picks are entered on our internal diary. We can inform you if anyone else is arranging an event in your area around the same date and so you may choose to re-book your event or choose a different area.