Safety & Legal Guidance For Volunteers

Anyone joining a litter pick organised by the Wilmslow Clean Team, or litter picking on their own as a member of Wilmslow Clean Team, must abide by the following guidance. The guidance is in place to ensure that our volunteers stay safe and to ensure that our litter picking activities DO NOT break the law.  Failure to follow this guidance could invalidate the insurance cover that we provide and could expose the committee members to legal action. Therefore please DO NOT do anything that contravenes this guidance.

Please be aware that the guidance has been revised in order to include additional, Covid related advice.

  • All clothing should be suitable for outdoor use and the weather conditions at the time
  • Wear the “hi-viz” jacket and gloves, that we provide, all times.
  • DO NOT pick litter by hand – use the hoop and litter picker stick that we provide
  • DO NOT attempt to pick any broken glass, needles or any other objects (‘sharps’) that could cause injury to yourself (or others who handle the bag later on)
  • DO NOT go onto privately owned land.  Basically this is anything other than adopted roads (the highway and adjacent pavement), public footpaths and bridleways. If it is anything other than this you must ‘assume’ that it is privately owned land.
  • DO NOT pick litter when the weather conditions could lead to injury (e.g. snow/ ice, heavy frost, poor visibility or strong wind)
  • DO NOT overfill bags (i.e. you should start a new bag before the old one becomes too heavy to carry).
  • Leave filled bags next to a council litter bin or at a location specified by the leader of an organised litter pick
  • Seal filled bags by tying a knot and put labels on them
  • If you become injured or unwell, STOP LITTER PICKING IMMEDIATELY and seek help
  • If you are feeling tired STOP LITTER PICKING IMMEDIATELY and call it a day. We DO NOT expect everyone to stay for the full 2 hours on an organised litter pick
  • Only litter pick on a road with a footpath. Any other roads (including the A34 by-pass) are to be avoided.
  • Individuals currently shielding, in ‘at risk’ groups or displaying symptoms (or in contact with those with symptoms) or have been directly advised to self-isolate should not litter pick.
  • For the time being, you should only litter pick if you keep hold of Wilmslow Clean Team equipment on a permanent basis (litter picker, hoop, gloves and hi-vis jacket).
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before the litter pick and as soon as possible afterwards.
  • Thoroughly clean the equipment (litter picker, hoop, gloves and hi-vis jacket) as soon as possible after the litter pick and before storing.
  • Carry hand sanitiser if you have some.
  • DO NOT litter pick with anyone outside of your household.
  • Remain at least 1 metre (or the current social distancing separation distance if different) from anyone else at all times.

Last updated : 10th August 2020

All volunteers who engage in litter picking activities will be required to sign a form to show that they are aware of the guidance.  It would be really helpful if new volunteers could print off the form, sign it and bring it along to the first litter picking event that they attend.

Safety Guidance Form