Spring Clean

OxClean Spring Clean 2021 is happening!
Join the Big Saturday Clean-Up
Register now for one (or all) of 3 Saturday Clean-Up days
May 29th, June 5th or June 12th

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Spring Clean blossom
Spring Clean blossom
Photo: Eve McWilliam
litter-pickers in store
Now you see them ….

Now that Covid restrictions are easing and we can all get out and about more, it’s time for the delayed OxClean Spring Clean to go ahead to help get rid of all that lockdown litter that has been building up in our streets, parks and greenspaces, and waterways.

Sadly, during lockdown, 365 of our litter pickers were stolen from our store, but we are working hard to raise funds to replace them, and we already have enough for single day litter picks which comply with Covid guidance (we will quarantine the equipment for 72 hours before and after use).

Empty storage
… now you don’t

Read more about this story and what we are doing about raising funds for new litter-pickers, and if you want to help us to get back on track then please think about donating to our fundraising on our JustGiving page. We also encourage supporters to buy their own pickers which they can use at any time.


So register early to avoid disappointment and be part of making our City beautiful again. We will help you comply with all the current Covid guidance nearer the time.

Joining together in Spring Clean  increases the impact we can have on our fellow citizens and the City Council. It shows we are committed to a cleaner Oxford.

Every year we undertake our annual ‘Spring Clean’ in March, but this year, due to lockdown restrictions, we have decided to delay the March 2021 event until we have more information about permitted outdoor and group activities. So watch this space for updates, and we look forward to meeting up again before too long.

Meanwhile, there is much to be done to protect our communities and  environment from damage caused by discarded rubbish. If you wish to continue to collect litter in the neighbourhood where you go out to exercise, you might consider purchasing your own litter picker as sadly we can’t currently lend you equipment due to lockdown restrictions. You can contact us on  info@oxclean.org.uk for more advice about what you need and areas that you might visit.  But do stay safe when you are out, complying with current government guidance and avoiding risks on fast roads or flooded areas near rivers.

Where we worked in 2020

This map shows the places Spring Clean volunteers registered to work in 2020, with different coloured pins for each day.


We love to have your photos of your litter-pick, but please read these guidelines before sending them. The guidelines tell you about what pictures we can and can’t use, including some notes on privacy.

When you are ready, send your pictures to photos@oxcivicsoc.org.uk

Anytime litter-picks

You don’t have to wait until the next Spring Clean to organise a litter-pick, you can do it at any time of the year! Please see our Anytime Litterpicks page for information.

Outside Oxford City?

OxClean works with Oxford City Council to arrange for the collection of rubbish. If you want to organise a litter-pick outside the city you will need to arrange collection with your local council. Click here for points of contact.


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

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

See the Essential Information page for the complete range of leaflets, notices, and guidelines you will need to make your Spring Clean a success.

Keep Britain Tidy has advice and tips about planning a litter pick. These include Health and  & Safety guidelines.  Their guide to organising a Litter Pick can be found here on their website.