Working together to keep Merton clean
Support your local litter pick and join forces with like-minded people to keep our streets and greenspaces clean.
Sustainable Merton runs monthly litter picks as an opportunity for people across Merton to clean up our streets and parks and collectively take a stand against littering!
We are calling on you - our #WasteWarriors - to do your bit to care for our local environment as we join forces (in spirit!) to collect and safely dispose of litter from Merton's streets and green spaces. Help us create a buzz of environmental action every 4th weekend of the month!
In light of the current situation*, there are two ways you can join our #WasteWarriors Weekends:
♻️ Organise a private group clean-up with up to five family and friends
♻️ Pledge to do your own individual litter pick.
Getting involved is easy!
1) Register through our events page
Please register your activity to let us know that you are taking part, where your litter pick is happening and how many people are expected to join you.
2) You'll need a litter picker, gloves and bags to safely collect and dispose of rubbish 🚮
Litter pickers can be purchased online - please use your own if you have one. Merton Council may be able to provide litter pickers and gloves for small groups of residents - please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
3) Please separate general waste from recyclable items and recycle as much as possible
If you pick up more litter than can fit in your waste and recycling bins at home, Merton Council may be able to collect this. Please contact Rachael at email@example.com to request a collection.
4) Shout about it! 🎉
Share photos and stories on social media to inspire others to do their bit! Use the hashtag #WasteWarriors and don't forget to tag Sustainable Merton - @SustainableMert (Twitter) / @sustainablemerton (Instagram)
Litter-picking can be carried out alone, in pairs or small groups of up to a maximum of six, including yourself, based on the current government guidance** for meeting with people outside of your household.
Individuals currently shielding, in ‘at risk’ groups, displaying symptoms (or in contact with those with symptoms) or have been directly advised to self-isolate SHOULD NOT litter-pick.
Before organising or participating in a clean-up event, PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND READ our guidance for litter picks during Covid-19.
**Government guidance on the lockdown may tighten or ease over time.
More local litter picks
Due to the current situation, some local litter picking events are not taking place at this time. Please contact the event organiser for more information.
Hosting a litter pick in your local area?
Tell us about it and we will feature your clean up on our website so that others can join you!
I think that we did a fine job of picking bottles, cans, food packaging and wet wipes out of hedges and off pavements, and removing small bits of plastic from grassy areas. We know how to spend a Saturday morning!
Pippa - Sustainable Merton member
The Great British Spring Clean
Sustainable Merton is proud to participate in the annual Great British Spring Clean event - the country's biggest mass-action environmental campaign.
In 2019, Merton's #WasteWarriors were once again ready to do their bit! With litter pickers in hand, residents came together across the borough to clean up our streets and protect our rivers and oceans from litter and plastic pollution.
Sustainable Merton hosted its litter pick in Mitcham, targeting an area particularly in need of some attention. Our Community Champions (pictured below) did a great job!
But our work is not done there! Support your regular local litter pick to do your bit in your community and help keep Merton, and Britain, tidy.