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Literary Litter Pickers

By Chris Dunster


The Literary Litter Pickers are cleaning up our local area through monthly litter picking groups and a committee who are seeking to reduce littering through education.

Campaign Name: Literary Litter Pickers
Delivered By: Chris Dunster
Main Objective: Behaviour change, raising awareness/ communications campaigns, Behaviour change, community engagement
Type: Communications campaign incl. posters, Community engagement and/or event
Location: Urban, Roadside
Cost: £0 - 250


It started as a monthly litter picking group based from our local library in Olton, UK. We average about 12 people turning up to pick up litter. The litter pickers are left at the library and anyone can borrow them if they wish to litter pick at their leisure. It has provided leverage for us to engage with McDonalds who are a big source of the litter in our area. This has had a noticeable impact and the area is cleaner, for a short while at least.

We are now expanding this to the next library district at Hobs Moat and this launches in September. We are engaging with Jaguar Land Rover (a major employer in our area) and Tescos.

The committee is forming to enable the Literary Litter Pickers to discuss ways we can change people's attitudes to littering. I love some of the ideas on Neat Streets and we will definitely be using some of them. The committee is to enable us to apply for funding as there has been no financial support from anywhere other than the Council providing the litter pickers and the Library providing the venue.

Headline Finding

With a little focus a lot can be achieved. The strap-line for the Literary Litter Pickers is that we are "putting the lit into litter".


- Engaging with the librarians so that they buy into the project is essential. They will need to be willing to store the equipment, lend it out, advertise the group, etc.

- Have persistence in promoting it within the local community and thinking of ways to engage to with local businesses.

- We are still very much in our infancy so I am sure there will be more learning points and I am certainly going to be scouring the other listed projects to see what I tips we can adopt.

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