Spring Clean

OxClean Spring Clean 2021 is over.
Thanks to everyone who joined in  the Big Saturday Clean-Up!
Spring Clean 2022 will be over two weekends –
18 – 20 and 25 – 27 March.

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The OxClean Team very much hope that the past year will be a one-off in so many ways. We realised in the New Year that we were unlikely to be able to do our usual March Spring Clean due to Covid restrictions, so this was put on hold pending the easing of restrictions during the Spring.

litter-pickers in store
Now you see them ….

Then on April 1st we discovered that our stock of litter pickers had ‘disappeared’ from the store where they overwinter. But this was no April Fool’s joke, and sadly they have not returned home. Having decided that we should go ahead with the delayed event as soon as possible due to the large amount of rubbish accumulating in public spaces, we set about publicising the theft and fundraising, and we were very fortunate to receive a gift of 200 litter pickers from Oxford Direct Services, plus some very generous public donations which meant we could replace much of our equipment.

Empty storage
… now you don’t

So we were able go ahead with a Covid-compliant series of 3 Big Saturday Clean-ups in May and June, to coincide with the Keep Britain Tidy national event. Nearly 700 people in 80 groups went out braving the brambles and nettles that late Spring brings, and collected almost 1.5 tonnes of rubbish and recycling from all around the City. This is less than previously, but a great effort nonetheless.

Our next steps include getting our team of pickers back out for the Oxfordshire Great Big Green Week in September, and continuing to build a cohort of Duke of Edinburgh student volunteers from schools across the city. As always, we are looking for additional help in running our events, no more than a few hours a month on average, so do get in touch at info@oxclean.org.uk if you would like to help – we would love to hear from you.

Please go to the Essential Information page to download:

  • Fact Sheet
  • Information & Guidance
  • Keep It Safe
  • Sign-in Form
  • Just Cleaned Flyer

Photos

Photos from 2021 and some previous years are in the Photo Gallery.

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@oxclean.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.

Information

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.