Community litter picking

To support and encourage local community clean ups, we have created five ‘Litter Picking Hubs’ around Havering where you can borrow litter picking kits to give your street, local area or park a clean.

The kits have enough for you to get started including a high visibility vest, a pair of gloves, a litter pick and some waste sacks. The kits are available for both adults and children.

Get you kits from the following libraries in Havering.

  • Romford Central Library, St Edwards Way, Romford RM1 3AR
  • Hornchurch Library, North Street , Hornchurch RM11 1TB
  • Upminster Library, Corbets Tey Road, Upminster RM14 2BB
  • Rainham Library, Celtic Farm Road, Rainham RM13 9GP
  • Harold Hill Library, 19a Farnham Road, Harold Hill RM3 8ED

Step by step plan

Step 1 - Decide when and where to do the litter pick

Choose your location, a date and time for the litter pick, if it is privately owned land then you will need to get permission to carry out the activity.

Think about how many people will be litter picking.  A litter pick can be done individually, with friends, family, neighbours, or as a large group.

Step 2 - Book your litter pick

You must book your litter pick at least two weeks before your event.

You can choose which hub you would like to borrow your kit from, you can borrow a maximum of 10 adults' kits and 2 childrens' kits. Kits will be loaned subject to availability.

You will receive a confirmation email to let you know if the kits are available at the hub you have chosen on the date and times that you have specified. You will also receive separate details for where the sacks of litter should be left for collection by the Council’s Street Cleansing team.

Book a litter pick

Step 3 - Promote your litter pick

Tell your friends, local community groups and neighbours about the event, they might want to come along and help out too.

Promote or take photos of your litter pick event and post them on our Facebook page @haveringevents, or Tweet them to us at @LbofHavering. We can showcase your event and let others know what a great job you are doing in taking care of your local environment

If you would like Havering Council to promote your activity then submit your details on the Havering Events web page.

Step 4 - Safety

Make sure that you are aware of the Health and Safety Guidelines, the Havering Council Risk Assessment, and the Great British Spring Clean Risk Assessment and agree to adhere to them all.

You will need to pass on the information to your group before you start your clean up activity.

Step 5 - Run your litter pick event

Collect your litter picking kits from the hub that you have specified on the date and time that you have entered on your booking form.

Remember to make it fun, not too long, and sociable.

Perhaps all go to a nearby café for a well-deserved piece of cake at the end!

Step 6 - Returning the kits

Make sure to return the kits to the the hub by the date you have specified and start planning your next event!

For larger clean up events which require additional equipment such as brooms, rakes and shovels please email

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