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Clean up Wilts

  • It takes up to 80 years for a crisp packet to degrade
  • Recycling just one plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60W light bulb for six hours
  • Paper cups take up to 30 years to degrade

The campaign is supported by Landmarc, Spire FM, McDonald's and Salisbury City Council and Idverde.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities to support this countywide campaign, email events@wiltshire.gov.uk.


The Great British Spring Clean 2018

Wiltshire Council will once again be supporting the Great British Spring Clean and is calling on communities to get involved by organising a litter pick.

Events planned for 2, 3, and 4 March have been cancelled due to the bad weather and rescheduled for the weekend of 23, 24 and 25 March 2018. If you are an event organiser and rescheduling your litter pick, please contact your community engagement manager to inform them and to re-arrange for your litter to be collected.

For information about litter picks taking place in your area contact your community engagement manager or visit the Great British spring Clean website.

We are inviting businesses to join our campaign against litter by signing the business pledge. A business toolkit has been provided to help you to review your current procedures and look at ways your business can help to reduce the amount of litter dropped in Wiltshire. 

To make your pledge please complete the pledge form for your organisation, either by downloading the pack and printing the form or complete the Eform below and email it to events@wiltshire.gov.uk. Thank you for your support to Clean up Wilts.  


Through support from local businesses and community groups we aim to educate the population of Wiltshire on the effects of litter and how this can have a negative impact on our environment as well as our health and economy.

Fly-tipping is a crime and although people may believe that their household waste is being disposed of correctly this is not always the case.
Waste is ultimately the householder's responsibility and they could be held accountable and face a £400 fixed penalty notice or large fines or a prison sentence if convicted in court.

Use the Wiltshire Reporting page to report fly-tipping


All waste removal companies should be asked to provide proof that they have a valid waste carriers licence through the Environment Agency Public Register before collecting your waste. We also recommend taking details of the vehicle registration and making a note of the location to which the waste disposal company is taking your rubbish. It is worth noting that if someone removes your waste for a fee can't use the household recycling centres as it is against the law.

If you think this is happening use the Wiltshire Reporting page and report it.


Under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act (1990).
The maximum penalties for fly-tipping on summary conviction are:

  • £50,000 fine and/or 12 months imprisonment

On conviction in a Crown Court:

  • An unlimited fine and/or five years imprisonment

£400 Fixed Penalty Notices can be issued for small scale fly-tipping.


“Food-on-the-go” packaging:

  • Cardboard cups
  • Drink bottles
  • Sandwich packets
  • Crisp packets
  • Fast food packaging

Much of this is thrown from cars or dropped around town centres and secondary schools. 


To set up your own litter pick or local clean up event please contact your local Community Engagement Manager


If you run a business in Wiltshire we invite you to support Clean up Wilts. We want to encourage litter conscious behaviour, which we believe can really make a difference towards keeping our county clean.
By supporting this campaign, you’ll be helping to:

  • Reduce a county-wide problem
  • Make a better life for Wiltshire communities
  • Increasing tourism through our streets
  • Your brand will be aligned with some of the county’s leading businesses in tackling this issue

For more information or to find out how you can support #cleanupwilts

Phone: 01225 713138

Email: events@wiltshire.gov.uk

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Last updated: 10 April 2018 | Last reviewed: 10 April 2018