Citizens in Ryedale are gearing up for this year’s Great British Spring Clean and Ryedale District Council’s Waste and Environment Team are on hand to support its litter pickers.

The District Council provides on loan litter picking kits to citizens who have signed up to the Great British Spring Clean and then will collect the litter from those who’ve taken part.

So far, six  litter picking groups have signed up to tackle their local area to keep the environment clean as part of the Great British Spring Clean which runs from 28 May until 18 June 2021. 

If anyone in Ryedale would like to support the event, they can sign up at as an individual, or as part of a group. Once signed up, they can then email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a litter picking kit. Each kit contains bin bags together with hoops to keep the bag open, ten litter picking sticks and hi-visibility vests. 

To encourage recycling, it is advised that the rubbish collected is separated into three bags – plastic bottles, aluminium cans and general litter.  Citizens should follow the safety advice given by Keep Britain Tidy – wearing gloves, not picking up hazardous waste and covering over any minor cuts. They are also reminded to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines and respect social distancing especially when litter picking as part of an organised group. 

Margaret Wallace, Head of Customer Services and Communities said:

“We’re ever so grateful to the wonderful citizens in Ryedale who give up their time to help keep our beautiful district clean. We’re really pleased that people have already requested litter picking equipment and would encourage everyone to get involved with the Great British Spring Clean in Ryedale. We thank them for this and remind them to stay safe.”