Litter Picking Guidelines

Thank you for showing an interest in supporting the Spring Equinox Litter Clean Up on Sunday 21st March. You will be one of many people, heading out on their own, or with a friend, or in a bubble to clean up their local area.

We think wherever you are based, you have the local knowledge to make the best decision about the places most in need of cleaning up. But please read the below so you can stay safe while out on the Spring Equinox Litter Clean Up.

COVID-19 Government guidelines (as of 02.03.2021)

You can carry out voluntary litter-picking with your household (or support bubble) or one other person (in which case you should stay 2m apart). Make the litter clean up part of your once per day exercise. Stay in your local area meaning your village, town, or part of the city where you live.

If you collect littered face coverings or PPE, handle these with care. Dispose of them in a ‘black bag’ bin, not in a recycling bin. You should use safety equipment, including thick gloves, litter-pickers and heavy-duty bags.

Remember to wash you hands regularly, wear a face mask where appropriate, and stay 2 metres apart from people outside your household.

If you are at risk, please shield and don’t go out. Furthermore, do not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following symptoms; a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste.


Don’t fill up your litter bag so much you can’t carry it. Only pick up as much as can fit in your bin at home. Use a strong bag, much better than a black sack.

Wear appropriate clothing, stay warm, wear supportive footwear, bright colours and/or high viz, and wear thick gloves to protect your hands.

Under 18s stay with an adult.

Be considerate of animals/habitats/plants. If you see an animal in distress, do not approach it but contact the Tonbridge branch of the RSPCA on 07410538902.


We don’t expect you to get lost as you should be in your local area, but please be alert and don’t trespass on private property.

Be aware of traffic if you are by a road, car park, etc. Always stay on the pavement if you are cleaning up litter by a road. Please do not clean up on railway lines or on bridges. If you are in a field, please be aware of electric or barbed wire fences. Please stay away from open water.


Do not touch dog faeces or attempt to pick up with a litter picker, unless it is bagged. Always wear gloves and use a plastic bag/spade.

Don’t overfill bags or try to carry heavy items. If an item cannot be reached safely with your litter picker, please leave it.

If you come across fly-tipping or a very heavy piece of litter, email the event organiser and we will co-ordinate with the town council.

Don’t pick up anything with a hazard warning on, or any drug related litter specifically syringes.

Broken glass should only be picked up using thick gloves and be placed in a bucket not your plastic bag, this should be done by an adult.


Always use the pavement if there is one, if not walk in single file on the side of the road facing the oncoming traffic. Make sure to check both ways before crossing. Wear bright colours or reflective clothing. Be aware of your surroundings, don’t use your phone or wear headphones etc.

Work in pairs, if one person is picking up litter, the other can be watching for cars, cyclists, and any other dangers.

If you have any questions on the above or want further clarification, please contact us at:


Volunteers should not participate in litter picks unless they understand and accept that participation is entirely at their own risk. Although this initiative has been organised and sponsored by Sea Green Consulting Ltd, volunteers are not working for, or on behalf of the Sea Green Consulting Ltd or any of Sea Green Consulting Ltd’s associated companies and therefore the forementioned companies cannot be held liable for any loss, damage or personal injury or death caused whilst litter picking.  Although Volunteers may have sent Sea Green Consulting Ltd details of where they intend to pick litter, this does not place any responsibility whatsoever on Sea Green Consulting Ltd or its Directors and/or employees and/or subcontractors.  Volunteers must make their own risk assessments before taking part in any litter picking.  In addition,  they must abide by the law of the land, including the laws in relation to covid-19 and trespassing.

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