Litter picking & clean-ups


Peterborough is a diverse city home to beautiful green spaces, urban developments and historic landmarks. We would love your support in keeping our city litter free and a wonderful place to live, work and visit.

Currently Peterborough City Council spends £1,107,351 every year clearing up litter which people should be disposing of correctly. This money could further be spent on other essential services and exciting projects within your community.

Peterborough City Council, along with partners Aragon Direct Services, are proud to recognise and support the large number of active community groups, schools and businesses we have within our towns and villages, making a conscious effort to make Peterborough a better place to live, through organised community litter picks and events in their local area.

To support community litter picks Aragon Direct Services have grabbers, refuse bags and children’s hi-vis jackets available on loan to any organised community litter picks within the city. We will also dispose of the waste. This service is offered free of charge.

Requests for equipment can be made via email, however it will be subject to availability.

Litter picks must be pre-arranged in advance, with a minimum of 1 weeks’ notice. This is to avoid clashes in dates and to coordinate with national campaigns. Where resources will allow, we can support larger clean up events, it is important to contact us early about such events to discuss any special arrangements.

We aim to pick up the bags following a litter pick event within two working days, once notified of their location. Our waste bags are designed for general litter collection only and should not be used for any other purpose. We would ask that a risk assessment is conducted prior to any community litter pick and that all safety precautions are taken, including those in our litter picking safety checklist.

How to organise a community litter pick

Set a date

Contact Aragon Direct via and organise a date. All they need is your name and contact details, date and location of the litter pick, estimated number of participants (this can be updated closer to the time) and the location of where the waste bags will be collected from.

Once you have organised a date you can advertise and organise your community litter pick with friends and on social media. Tag @peterboroughcc in to further your reach. Make sure you have gained all relevant permissions when conducting a litter pick on public/private land.

Collect equipment

Once you have contacted Aragon Direct, they will organise a date for you to collect litter picking equipment from their office at Nursery Lane, Fengate. Upon receiving this, you must sign a disclaimer on use.

Litter pick

Involve your community in a litter pick and have fun! Remember to follow the Litter Picking Safety Checklist and carry out a risk assessment. Report any issues to us.

Confirm collection

Following your litter pick, make sure to give Aragon Direct a call and tell us the exact quantity of bags and location for collection. Please let us know if there are any additional objects which could not fit into bags.

Return equipment

Drop off the equipment you have used for your litter pick and make sure to sign to confirm this has been returned. Make sure to identify any missing or damaged items.

Shout about your achievement

Take photos of the clean-up in your community and share these on social media groups or community newsletters. It could inspire others to organise their own. Tag @peterboroughcc and we will share your success with our followers.

Host or join a Keep Britain Tidy Spring Clean

Keep Britain Tidy's Spring Clean planned for 20 March - 13 April has been postponed until September 2020. If you had already planned to take part in the Great British Spring Clean you can reschedule your activity for the new campaign period, instead of cancelling it.

We are calling on residents, businesses, schools, to take action to improve the environment on your doorstep by joining the country’s biggest mass-participation environmental campaign.

To host a Spring Clean litter pick in your community, you need to sign up at the Keep Britain Tidy website. There are lots of details on there about what you need to do and how to promote your clean-up as part of the Keep Britain Tidy Spring Clean.

Find a registered Spring Clean in your area.

Report it online

You can report issues like general fly tipping, littering, graffiti, broken glass and street cleansing online.