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Organise a litter pick

If you'd like to help keep your borough cleaner and wish to hold a litter pick, we can help. Litter picking can make Rochdale borough a better place to live, work and visit.

Worker in reflective clothing using a liter picker.

Our litter picking kits

You can borrow litter picking kits from us when they're available - there are 2 different kits to choose from.

  • Kit A - £20 refundable deposit: includes 10 litter pickers, 10 bag holders, 10 high visibility vests, 10 pairs of gloves and a roll of green waste sacks.
  • Kit B - £50 refundable deposit: includes 30 litter pickers, 30 bag holders, 30 high visibility vests, 30 pairs of gloves and a roll of green waste sacks.

How to borrow a litter picking kit

To borrow a litter picking kit:

  1. Please get in touch with us at least 2 weeks before the date you want to hold your litter pick so we can check availability.
  2. Complete the request form below and be as detailed as possible to let us know your requirements.
  3. Email your completed form to
  4. We'll contact you to confirm the details and arrange a time for you to collect the equipment you need from our depot in Heywood.
  5. You'll need to pay a refundable deposit when you collect the items. You can pay with cash or card. Please check the equipment and let us know if anything is missing or broken.
  6. Hold your litter pick. Please make sure you read our litter picking safety checklist (209kb pdf).
  7. You can take the rubbish to the local waste and recycling centre (tip) or we'll collect bagged rubbish from your indicated collection point and dispose of it on your behalf. Find your nearest waste and recycling centre (tip).
  8. Return the equipment to us and you'll get  your deposit back as long as it's still in good condition.

Litter picking support request form (209kb pdf)

If you would like us to promote your hard work, please take photos and we'll consider featuring these on publicity materials. Email your photos to

How to organise a litter pick

When deciding to hold a litter pick, here are a few steps for you to consider.

  1. Choose an area to tidy up. You might want to consider routes to schools, parks, playgrounds, public footpaths, green spaces, bus stops, nature reserves, school grounds or anywhere else people gather.
  2. Visit the area you'd like to litter pick to make sure it's a safe place for you and your group to work.
  3. Get permission from the landowner if it's on private land.
  4. Check if there are any other local community groups you could join in your area. 

Buy litter pickers

You can purchase litter pickers from a number of places such as:

Litter picking on your own

If you're litter picking as an individual or family, you'll need to dispose of any waste or recycling you collect either through your household bins or at your local household waste recycling centre (tip).

Extra kudos to you if you manage to recycle any plastic bottles, glass bottles or cans. Thank you for trying to make a difference by tidying up our borough.

Before holding a litter pick, please read our litter picking safety checklist (209kb pdf).

Why have a litter pick

It's a great way to show your pride in Rochdale borough. We all like to live and work in a clean area, free from rubbish and litter.

Holding a litter pick will also help us reduce the amount we spend on cleaning up rubbish. We collect more than 10 tonnes of litter every week which costs you and other taxpayers in Rochdale £1 million every year.

More ways to get involved in improving the borough

We've a number of volunteering opportunities in the borough you many be interested in. Our green volunteer scheme gives you a chance to join us, meet new people and share and improve your skills in a variety of horticultural and countryside management activities.

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