Suffolk litter picking

Take part in local litter picking by arranging a litter pick. Find out what to do with litter after your event and see a calendar of upcoming events.

The Suffolk Waste Partnership is keen to support local community efforts to clean up towns, villages and our countryside, to keep Suffolk beautiful 

Several groups across Suffolk have given their neighborhoods a spruce-up, making a real difference.

Litter picking:

  • improves the look of an area
  • is a great way to get out and about and meet like-minded members of your local community
  • improves habitats and removes potential hazards for wildlife
  • makes our county somewhere visitors will want to return to

Our waste collection authorities will support your efforts to carry out local litter picks all year round.

If your group is organising a litter pick in Suffolk and would like help, please call your local waste collection authority with details of your event.

They can loan you useful equipment (such as picking sticks, gloves, bags and high-visibility vests) as well as arranging to get rid of the collected litter.

Contact details:

Waste collection

If you have collected a few bags of litter by yourself, the easiest thing to do is to place these in your usual household waste bin. You can put plastic bottles, cans and paper in your recycling bin as long as they're clean, dry and loose.

For larger amounts of waste, contact your local waste collection authority who can arrange for it to be collected. This is the easiest way of dealing with the litter from a large community litter pick. Collections are available Monday to Friday by prior arrangement.

Recycling centres

You can take the litter to one of the Suffolk Recycling Centres, but you will need to book a slot on our online booking form before going. You will also need to complete a litter pick waste declaration and authorisation form (PDF, 106KB) to certify the source of the waste. The Recycling Centre Team Leader will then be required to counter sign the form. This is to ensure that no hazardous or unauthorised commercial waste is being deposited. 

Please be aware we will not accept hazardous or unauthorised waste at a recycling centre. You must take it away and contact your waste collection authority for collection and disposal.

If you do plan to take the litter to one of the recycling centres, we would encourage that you collect recyclables such as cans and glass bottles separately, for ease of recycling on arrival at the site.

For licensing reasons, the recycling centres cannot accept tyres, liquid or hazardous waste, so please don’t attempt to remove these by yourselves.

If in the course of your community litter pick you come across tyres, liquid, hazardous, or bulky items that have been fly-tipped on public land, please leave them where they are and report them to your local waste collection authority.

Why not visit Suffolk Coast and Heaths Beachwatch for ways you can help and get involved to help keep Suffolk's beaches clean.

Visit @UKRubbishwalks to collaborate with other volunteers or interested parties on twitter that want to keep our beaches and streets litter free.

You could also contact a listed group in the calendar below to see if you could join them in a litter pick or contact your local waste collection authority to list your group on the calendar.

This year’s ‘Great British Beach Clean’, run by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) takes place from 18-25 September, where volunteer litter pickers record information about the litter they collect along the coastline. This year’s initiative also includes the new ‘Source to Sea Litter Quest’, which recognises that many items littered inland are at risk of eventually ending up in the sea. As an additional category, volunteers will be asked to record how much personal protective equipment they find, including gloves and masks.

The important survey data helps assemble a national and international picture of litter, which the MCS uses to call for policy change to tackle ocean pollution.

Register at visit the Marine Conservation Society’s website

The Great British September Clean, which is the postponed Great British Spring Clean (the country’s biggest mass action environmental campaign), runs from 11-27th September, and is all about litter-picking your local area. It can be carried out alone, in pairs or small groups of up to a maximum of six, in line with government guidance.

To register and for more details visit the Keep Britain Tidy website

Local Authorities in Suffolk are supporting both these initiatives so for advice on litter picking equipment and litter collection contact your local council below:

East Suffolk-

West Suffolk-

Babergh Mid Suffolk –

Ipswich Borough Council –

The Love Suffolk, Hate Litter Schools Pack is a great resource for Primary School teachers and it includes:

  • Litter picking facts & why it is a problem
  • All you need for a litter assembly
  • How to arrange a school litter pick
  • Litter games & activities to raise awareness 

Download the Litter Schools Pack(PDF)


Check out the calendar below for local litter picking events. If you want to see a full list of events, click on the 'Agenda' tab.




Please email us at if you want your litter picking event added on our calendar!