Litter picking with Little Green Duckie

I love a litter pick. Great exercise, fresh air, meeting lovely people and doing something practical to reduce environmental pollution.  Finding a local pick can be tricky as they don’t have money for advertising, so with that in mind, here are my favourites in East London as well as a couple of national organisations.

Friends of the Greenway (Stratford)
WHEN:  Message them on Twitter to find out the next clean-up dates

Friends of Mile End Park 
Twitter @thgreensandwich
WHEN:  Last Sunday of the month 10am – 12pm

Lower Regents Coalition
Litter pick by canoe in and around Limehouse Basin
Twitter: @lowerregents
FB: @lowerregentscoalition 
Insta: @lowerregentscoalition 
WHEN:  The last Wednesday of the month (evening) in BST, Sunday mornings in GMT

Plastic Free Hackney 
Twitter: @plasticfreehkny
FB: @plasticfreehackney 
WHEN:  Monthly, normally the last Sunday of the month, 10am-12pm from outside the Princess of Wales pub (Clapton)

Wanstead Flats Pickers 
Twitter: @flats_pickers 
WHEN:  Last Sunday of the month 11am – 12:30pm. Meet opposite the Golden Fleece pub, Capel Road, Manor Park

National organisations
Keep Britain Tidy 
Find clean-ups near you, Green Flag winning parks and public spaces

Litter Action
Hundreds of groups all over the UK, just put in your postcode, or name of a town. London has 212 registered, Manchester 90 and Bristol 68!

What do I bring / wear?

  • Comfy clothes that don’t matter if they get a bit dirty
  • Check the weather forecast to be suitably dressed, most picks run rain or shine. But check their social media in case of cancellation
  • Closed toe shoes as you might be climbing into bushes!
  • As small a bag as possible, as you will be carrying it around
  • Water bottle and snacks if it’s around the time you normally eat. Litter picking uses quite a bit of energy.
  • Sun cream and sunglasses if it’s British Summer Time.
  • Most picks supply gloves, sticks and bags.

What about children?
Most litter picks are suitable for children and pets but they must be supervised, especially if the pick will be near water. Many will even have mini litter pick sticks and gloves for them. Check in advance what they can provide for children.

Good to know
Picks usually don’t separate the waste, as most litter cannot be recycled. It is too contaminated with food, soil etc. BUT at least it’s not in the environment anymore!

Always check the group’s website or social media to ensure an event is happening before travelling.

About Little Green Duckie
Little Green Duckie (Justine) lives in Stratford and is a Sustainability blogger who envisions a disposable-plastic free city. Challenges rail companies on water fountains, book swap guardian and loves a litter pick.
Facebook: @LittleGreenDuckie
Twitter: @LttlGreenDuckie

Image: Little Green Duckie