Please make sure you have thought about, and if needs be, made prior arrangements for the litter to be collected. Ideally this should be on the same day as the pick. Find out which items can be separated for recycling. Contact your local authority waste and recycling management department for guidance. When you leave the waste out for collection, you must ensure that you are not blocking any access points or public footpaths. Please label bags for types of recyclable waste, for example cans and plastic bottles. Try to avoid leaving bags by public bins as they can become ripped before they are collected.
Terraycle UK are a great source of information on what can and can't be recycled and your nearest recycling locations.
The Environmental Protection Act, 1990 imposes duties on certain landowners and occupiers to keep specified land clear of litter and refuse, and on local authorities and the Secretary of State to keep clean public highways for which they are responsible. Defra has produced a code of practice which explains the practicalities of these duties.
Local authorities play a key role in clearing litter and rubbish, collecting waste, emptying bins and providing waste disposal and recycling facilities. They also have enforcement powers to fine litterers and fly-tippers, and to check that businesses have appropriate arrangements for disposing of waste. Please remember local authorities can only collect litter that has been picked from council land or their highways. They may be able to provide you with litter picking equipment.
Any hazardous litter should be left in place and the council advised as to its location. You will also need to provide details of where you will be litter picking and check landownership details. If the land is not council owned you will need to inform the landowner and get their permission.
The waste departments of the local authorities relevant to the SPP hub can be contacted via the following links: