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Picking litter to keep wildlife safe
Clean up your local area today. It will help create a safer and healthier world for animals on land and in the water. So put on your high vis, put on some gloves and take action against litter.
Last edited: 11/09/2023
Before you get started
Planning to litter pick
Choose an area for your litter pick. All litter has the potential to harm wildlife, so collecting it from a town centre can prevent it from reaching rivers and woodlands.
Complete your health and safety risk assessment. We advise: high-vis jackets, gloves, litter pickers, hand wash, sharps box plus wildlife, weather, and environmental conditions.
Decide how you might want to categorise the litter you collect (e.g., by material or whether it is recyclable). You could also create a data collection sheet to document your findings.
Plan how to transport your collected litter from the site to a suitable location (e.g. will a local group collect or store it for you?).
Working in the area
Decide how to litter pick in your chosen spot (e.g. scan areas as you walk or set timed intervals across transects).
Remember to respect animal habitats; we want to leave them cleaner but still in tact. Allocate roles for each person litter picking (e.g., picking litter, carrying the litter, or recording information).
Record and reflect on your impact
Photograph interesting findings or create a before and after showcase from your litter picking site.
You could also analyse your data by counting each type of litter collected or the overall mass. How do you think you have been able to prevent harm from wildlife with the litter you have picked?
Receive your certificate
Take a photograph showing the before and after of your litter picking site, or show us the litter you have picked.
Upload the image below to receive your certificate. Share your work to inspire others and celebrate what you have achieved.
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