Help us make Oxford a more pleasant place to live, work and relax – and raise awareness of the litter problem. This year, our tenth, we are working in association with Keep Britain Tidy's Great British Spring Clean. 

In 2016, 80+ Groups  from across the city took to the streets, public spaces and grotspots and cleaned up a large quantity of litter. As a result of their hard work, over 6 tonnes of litter plus a lot of flytip was removed from the streets and parks of Oxford. The sight of so many people out litter picking again raised awareness that a cleaner and tidier city is a better place to be! Achievements ,  Photo Gallery.

See fact sheet.

Spring Clean 2017 takes place on

Friday 3 , Saturday 4  and Sunday 5 March 2017

Other dates by arrangement!

Information and details of how to register will be available in the autumn.

For further information  please see the links on the right.

Register as a Group

If you are a member of an existing community group – or you are forming a new group to take part, please register as early as possible to help us organise the complex logistics of the event.

As Spring Clean weekend approaches we can't take any new group registrations. Thanks to all the groups who have registered, and here's hoping for good weather!

Register as an Individual

If you are an individual who would like to take part, please register and we will put you in touch with a community group in your neighbourhood – or one tackling a grot spot. 

Report a Grot Spot

Sadly, there are a number of grot spots blighting our city. Report any you know of and we will add them to the list (within the city, only).

Visit Google Map – Grot Spots which pinpoints grot spots already known to us. Groups who would like to tackle one can then choose from the list. 

Litter Pickers & Equipment

We hold a stock of nearly 500 litter pickers and hi vis vests which are available on loan to Community Groups taking part. We distribute sacks supplied by the City Council – and arrange for the collection of filled sacks after your litter pick.

In February we will ask you to order your litter-picking equipment and arrange collection of filled sacks.

Click here to order your litter-picking equipment and arrange collection of filled sacks.

Leaflets, Posters etc

The following items are available for download:

Volunteer Recruitment  (.pdf)  -  A4  + 2 up A5 posters

Volunteer Recruitment (.docx)  - version for customisation

Leaflet (A5) for door to door delivery

‘Keep it Safe’ leaflet - A5 leaflet for handing out to volunteers when they 'sign up'

‘Sign In’ sheet - for volunteers attending briefing

‘Just Cleaned’ notice - for display at the end of a litter pick


Fact Sheet - detailed information about the Why?  What?  When?  How?

Google Map – Registered Groups - dates and times of litter picks already registered – helps groups avoid overlap and points individuals to groups they might like to join.

Recruiting Volunteers - how you might recruit people in your neighbourhood to join you at your litter pick.

Keep Britain Tidy has lots of useful advice and tips about planning a litter pick in The Big Tidy Up section of their website - this includes Health & Safety guidelines.

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