Great Uphill Spring Clean – 5 June 2021

This spring Keep Britain and Uphill Tidy and help to clear litter from our streets, parks and beaches. Remember what is good for our environment is good for our mental and physical health too.

In the past 12 months our outdoor spaces and places have mattered to us more than ever before. So join us and show some love for those special places around Uphill that helped us through lockdown.

Start you litter pick from home or from the Uphill Victory Hall at 10am on Saturday 5 June when equipment (and refreshments) will be provided.

If starting from home please let us know the area you aim to litter pick or ask for details of were your help is needed.

Email info@uphillvillagesociety.org.uk for details.

To get started cleaning-up, we recommend you use a litter picker and some gloves as a minimum. You will also need a bag to put the litter in, and we also recommend carrying hand sanitiser and washing your hands regularly.

Please ensure you have considered the weather and are wearing suitable clothing/ shoes, and have enough to drink. If it is warm, consider suncream/ hats.

As everyone will be litter picking as individuals/pairs or in small groups ( maximum of 30) place the litter in your own outdoor bins at home.

If you do plan to collect a large amount of litter, speak to your local authority ahead of your activity to get advice about what to do with it.

If possible, please separate the litter you find into three bags so as much as possible can be recycled:

  1. Plastic bottles
  2. Aluminium cans
  3. General waste.

We recommend that you avoid:

  • Potentially hazardous objects such as unidentified cans or canisters, oil drums and chemical containers.
  • Sharp objects such as broken glass and disposable BBQs – these should be collected in separate containers not litter bags.
  • Clinical waste such as needles/syringes – do not attempt to move them yourself. Make a note of their location and inform your local council.
  • Hazardous areas such as deep or fast-flowing water, steep, slippery or unstable banks, sharp rocks, derelict buildings, busy roads and electric fences (which are identified by yellow warning signs).
  • Working alone – try to stay in sight and earshot of others but if not possible then let someone know where you’ve gone and when to expect you back.

To avoid illness from poor hygiene, all those taking part in the clean-up must:

  • Observe social distancing with fellow volunteers and members of the public
  • Wear heavy-duty, protective gloves at all times
  • Cover any cuts (however minor) with surgical tape or a waterproof plaster
  • Keep hands away from mouth and eyes while litter-picking
  • Wash hands and forearms before eating, drinking, smoking or going to the toilet.

Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult when taking part in a clean-up.

Before your clean-up, make sure children understand which items are potentially dangerous and should not be picked up. Teach children that if they are in any doubt they should ask a grown up before picking the litter up.

It’s important that children are provided with gloves and wear suitable clothing and footwear. Don’t let children pick for more than one hour at a time.

Covid guidance from 17th May 2021

From the 17th May, in line with the next step (step 3) of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people will be permitted. This will include litter picking activities taking place in groups of up to 30 people from this date.

The existing hygiene and social distancing measures should continue to be followed.

If you have any coronavirus symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has had symptoms please follow government guidelines, stay at home and don’t undertake any volunteering activity.

Please note: Government guidance on the lockdown may tighten or ease over time so please contact us if you have any questions about what is safe practice. This guidance may be superseded by any subsequent changes in government legislation and/or guidance.  Please continue to monitor the guidance and any local restrictions that may come into force.

 

 

 

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