THE GREAT BRITISH SEPTEMBER CLEAN 2020

The Friends of Eastfield Park (FoEP) are supporting the ‘Great British September Clean’ promoted by 'Keep Britain Tidy' but, because of Covid-19 restrictions, we are unable to organise a full-scale community clean-up. Instead, we are encouraging individuals, pairs, or family groups to carry out their own litter-picks in the Park on 18th, 19th or 20th September. If you collect on one of these three days you may leave your sacks of litter piled up at the Skiddaw Walk entrance to the Park; if you collect on a different day, you will need to make your own arrangements for disposing of the collected litter.

GUIDANCE FROM 'KEEP BRITAIN TIDY'

'Keep Britain Tidy' has issued the following guidance for volunteers working alone or in pairs:

  • Individuals currently shielding, in ‘at risk’ groups or displaying symptoms (or in contact with those with symptoms) or have been directly advised to self-isolate should not litter-pick.

  • Tell someone where you are going and stay in mobile contact.

  • Use your own gloves and a litter-picker. Clean both after use before storing.

  • Wash hands before and after at home or nearby w/c facilities.

  • Carry hand sanitiser if you have some.  

  • Stay at least one metre from fellow volunteer and members of the public.

  • Unless you have made an arrangement with your local council to collect your full rubbish bags, don’t pick any more than you can put in your own bin at home.

  • Don’t pick up sharps/syringes.

  • Litter should be tied up in strong waste sacks.

We hope to make an arrangement for sacks of litter collected on 18th, 19th and 20th September, and left at the Skiddaw Walk entrance to the Park, to be collected by Veolia on 21st September. Please check our Facebook page before you go litter picking to confirm if this is the case or not. 

BORROWING EQUIPMENT FROM THE FoEP

If you wish to borrow equipment from the Friends of Eastfield Park, please note the following:

  • The FoEP can supply volunteers with litter-pickers and hi-vis vests. We recommend you to use your own gloves but we can supply disposable (use once only) gloves if you require them.

  • The hi-vis vests may appear stained or dirty but they will have been washed since they were last used. 

  • We recommend volunteers keep hold of the kit for the duration of the clean-up period, rather than return it after each use so that only they use it.

  • We will arrange to leave litter-pickers outside your property. They will have been sprayed with household anti-bacterial spray. 

  • We ask you to spray the handles of the litter-pickers again before you collect them and again when you return them to us.

  • Please read the 'Keep Britain Tidy' Guidance for volunteers working alone or in pairs.

  • Please read the Health & Safety guidelines that apply to unsupervised litter-picks (i.e. when you are not part of a larger organised group).  They can be downloaded by clicking on the following link:

If you wish to borrow equipment from the FoEP contact us through the 'Contact Us' page on this website.

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