You’ll need the right equipment to help you successfully and safely complete a clean-up.
If you’re attending an organised clean-up, your host should have arranged equipment in advance of the clean-up.
Please ensure you have considered the weather and are wearing suitable clothing/ shoes, and have enough to drink. If it is warm, consider suncream/ hats.
In regard to litter picking equipment, we have a couple of suggestions…
It is important that everyone thinks about safety and understands how to keep themself safe.
We recommend that you avoid:
- Potentially hazardous objects such as unidentified cans or canisters, oil drums and chemical containers.
- Sharp objects such as broken glass and disposable BBQs – these should be collected in separate containers, not litter bags.
- Clinical waste such as needles/syringes – inform the organiser and arrange for safe disposal.
- Hazardous areas such as deep or fast-flowing water, steep, slippery or unstable banks, sharp rocks, derelict buildings, busy roads and electric fences (which are identified by yellow warning signs).
- Working alone – try to stay in sight and earshot of others but if not possible then let someone know where you’ve gone and when to expect you back.
To avoid illness from poor hygiene, all those taking part in the clean-up must:
- Wear heavy-duty, protective gloves at all times
- Cover any cuts (however minor) with surgical tape or a waterproof plaster
- Keep hands away from mouth and eyes while litter-picking
- Wash hands and forearms before eating, drinking, smoking or going to the toilet.
It is important to consider the latest hygiene advice in regard to COVID-19, please click below to find out more from the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign.
Horley Town Council is able to provide Purple Litter Collection Bags that will be collected if left alongside any public bins. If you would like to order some for your litter collection please click below.