New support for litter picking events despite 'don't pick it up' advice

Litter Rubbish in Salisbury city centre (Mike Draper)

Published by Mike Draper at 4:24pm 14th March 2019. (Updated at 6:54am 15th March 2019)

Wiltshire Council backs organised litter picks, despite 'if you didn't drop it, don't pick it up' advice from Public Health England remaining in place.

Communities are being supported to carry out organised litter picks in areas covered by Salisbury, Amesbury, Southern and South West Wiltshire Area Boards.

Wiltshire Council is backing community groups to carry out organised litter picking events in line with the Great British Spring Clean guidance.

However, the 'if you didn't drop it, don't pick it up' advice from Public Health England remains in place for casual, non-organised litter picking.

Warning from Public Health England still in effect

As Spire FM News reported last summer, the Public Health England warning was issued in July 2018, in the wake of the deadly Novichok nerve agent incidents in Salisbury and Amesbury.

But Wiltshire Council is now in favour of specially arranged 'litter picking' events.

If a community group has an event arranged, they are encouraged to contact their local Community Engagement Manager with details so they can provide specialist litter picking equipment and advice to support the event.

Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Waste, Wiltshire Council, has said:

"We want to support our communities if they decide to go ahead with organised events."

"It is important that communities contact the council to ensure we can support their event and provide equipment to volunteers. We hope that community groups will feel supported and that we appreciate the hard work they put in to keep Wiltshire a special place to live and work."

Community groups who have an event booked can contact their Community Engagement Manager by emailing areaboards@wiltshire.gov.uk to ensure their litter pick is supported. All litter picks will need a nominated person who will take responsibility for the event.

Find out more:

You can download a registration form from Wiltshire Council.

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