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!
There are two ways you can join our #WasteWarriors Weekends:
♻️ Organise a group clean-up* (please see the guidance below)
♻️ 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)
As of 19 July 2021**, most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 in England have been lifted at step 4. Currently, there is no limit on the number of people you can meet outdoors. You do not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. However, in order to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
Individuals 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.
When: Every 4th Sunday of the month, 11am
Where: Meet outside Sainsbury's Savacentre, Colliers Wood High Street
Litter pick along the Wandle Trail, from the Savacentre to Merton Abbey Mills. Equipment provided.
Contact: Bryony Pollock
Colliers Wood Parks & Green Spaces Group
When: Every 2nd Tuesday of the month, 9am
Where: Various locations
The group visits whichever green space is in most need. Please contact the Colliers Wood Parks & Green Spaces Group for more information.
Friends of Mitcham Common
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
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