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The Great British September Clean 11th – 27th September 2020

The Great British September Clean takes place from 11 to 27 September 2020.


  • What is the Great British September Clean?
  • How to get involved

From 11 to 27 September, Keep Britain Tidy will once more be organising the UK’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign, The Great British September Clean 2020, after the Spring Clean was postponed due to COVID-19.

Colchester Borough Council have pledged our support for this year’s Great British September Clean.  

Litter picking across the borough

Last year, 29 organised litter picks took place across the borough, resulting in 616 70-litre bags of litter and waste being collected. More than half (54%) of the items collected were discarded plastic bottles, aluminium cans and glass bottles, which were subsequently recycled.   

This year’s campaign will not only see tonnes of litter being removed from the environment on our doorstep, it also aims to rescue thousands of the plastic bottles and aluminium drinks cans that are simply thrown on the ground but could, very easily, be recycled. 

Volunteers will be asked to separate the litter they pick into three bags: one for plastic bottles; one for aluminium cans and a third for the rest of the rubbish.  

Staying safe while taking part

This September however we want to make sure that everyone stays safe while doing their bit for the environment and being part of the pick.   

Following current Government guidance, there are two ways residents can get involved and show support for our Great British September Clean: 

1. Organise a private group clean-up with up to five family & friends.  
2. Pledge to do their own individual clean-up, giving as little as 15 minutes to the campaign   

Government guidance on the lockdown may tighten or ease over time, so please follow changes to Government guidance.   

The Great British Spring Clean is about demonstrating that you love where you live – whether that’s by ‘pledging to pick’ while you’re walking the dog or taking the kids to school, hosting a clean-up or joining someone else’s event.   

We are asking all residents to pledge to do a litter pick during this time.

Our Neighbourhood Services teams can help with: 

  • provision of bin bags 
  • loan of litter pickers – with a selection of extra-long ones for getting into those tricky spots, special beach litter pickers that don't get clogged up with sand and adult and children's litter pickers 
  • collection of bags to ensure that they are recycled appropriately

Keep Britain Tidy have produced a “How To Guide (PDF, 2.34KB)” for those hosting clean-ups, which contains vital health and safety advice, as well as advice about public liability insurance for the clean-ups.  

There is also specific Coronavirus Guidance on their website for individual and groups.   

If you decide to run a litter pick then please email or contact your Neighbourhood wardens, so we can log your litter pick but also provide bags, loan litter pickers and arrange collection of the bags afterwards.  

More Information  

Keep Britain Tidy - Great British September Clean 

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