Keep Kirklees Tidy

As part of our support for Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean fortnight, The Great Huddersfield Cleanup, and World Environment Day, we are encouraging everyone to get involved by helping pick up litter whilst out on a walk or enjoying their local green space. Even if you only pick up three items of litter, this can make a big difference to how our environment can look.

British Spring Clean Fortnight: 28 May – 13 June

Keep Britain Tidy are looking for litter heroes to clear litter from our outdoor spaces. You can make a pledge on the Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean website – either as a group or an individual. As well as making a difference in your local area, whilst you’re out and about you’re also improving your mental and physical well-being, so it’s a win-win!

The Great Huddersfield Clean-up: 29 – 31 May

If you live in Huddersfield why not take part in this weekend’s Great Huddersfield Cleanup, organised by the Huddersfield Times and supported by us.

It is hoped that the clean-up will:

  • have a positive impact on the appearance of routes into the town centre
  • encourage more visitors to the town centre, thus benefiting businesses
  • improve the habitat for urban wildlife

World Environment Day: 5 June

Celebrated on the 5 June every year, World Environment Day is a global platform to inspire positive change. This year why not use world environment day as a chance to litter pick in your local area, examine the way you reduce, reuse, recycle at home, or get out and explore nature?

If you would like to learn more about the nature around you, then take a look at the inaturalist app – it’s free! To identify a plant or tree, all you need to do is upload and it will try to identify it for you. These identifications can then be uploaded into a national database of species, so an accurate picture can be built up.

Top tips for picking up litter

Make sure you stay safe while picking up litter by following our top tips.

  1. Be prepared: Carry gardening gloves with you (or a litter picker if you have one!) when you’re heading out on a walk, in case you spot any litter – they’ll protect your hands from anything mucky or sharp. If you don’t think you’ll come across a bin, bring a bag so you can carry any litter away with you.
  2. Stay safe by staying away from needles and not picking up anything with human waste (like nappies), electrical items, or holding any potentially dangerous chemicals. If you’re not sure what it is, don’t pick it up. Take extra care when picking up anything sharp.
  3. Report any of the above items, anything you think might be dangerous, or any dumped electrical items or paint to the local council or landowner. If you come across a fly-tipping site, or a dead animal, report it.
  4. Sort your haul: Instead of chucking it in a regular bin, you could go one further and separate what you’ve collected to be recycled! If possible, safety-proof anything you find that could be a danger to wildlife if it ends up in the wrong place further down the line, for example, cutting up 6-pack rings or plastic bottle cap rings.
  5. Wash your hands: Always make sure you wash your hands properly after picking litter!