The Great British September Clean kicks off on Friday!

Published: 11 September 2020

Council House at night

The Great British Spring Clean is back

In light of the Government announcement banning groups of six or more, anyone wishing to get involved with the events listed below MUST email so we can keep everyone safe and prevent large groups of people gathering.

We will provide litter pickers and other equipment (such as rubbish bags) needed to take part in our events but volunteers will need to bring their own hand sanitizer and face coverings.

DateTimeLocationWhat’s happening?
Friday 11 September 2.00 – 3.00pm Meet at the junction of City Road & Old Chester Road Litter pick of the Chester Green area*
  08.00am – 12noon Silverhill Road Jitty Deep clean and litter pick
Saturday 12 September 10.00am – 10.30am Meet outside One Stop on Wood Road, Chaddesden Litter pick on Wood Road and surrounding area
  10.40am – 11.10am Meet at Wiltshire Road shopping precinct Litter pick of Wiltshire Road shopping precinct
  11.25am – 11.55am Etwall Road Litter pick on Etwall Road, Mickleover
Tuesday 15 September TBC Rowditch Recreation ground  
Wednesday 16 September 10.30am – 12.30pm Meet at Clarion Housing Office on Shalfleet Drive Litter pick of Shalfleet Drive and surrounding area.*
  08.00am – 12 noon Meet on Blagraves Lane Deep clean of Blagreaves Lane between junction of Stenson Road and Greenburn Close
  08.00am – 12 noon Oakover Drive Deep clean of Oakover Drive area.
Thursday 17 September 08.30am – 12 noon Meet at the Parker Street Housing Office Deep clean and litter pick of the Quarn Gardens area*
  08.00am – 12 noon Meet at the Taylor Street carpark Deep clean of the carpark and litter pick of the surrounding area.* If you have a car parked in the carpark, please ensure it is removed so we can complete the work.
  10.30am – 1.00pm Markeaton Recreation Ground Litter pick in partnership with Derby Refugee association.*
Friday 18 September 08.30am – 12noon Baseball Drive Litter pick and deep clean of Baseball Drive and Keepers Green area*
Saturday 19 September 12.30 – 1.30pm Meet outside Village Store Litter pick of Darley Village area
Tuesday 22 September 10.00am – 2.00pm Willowcroft Park Litter pick of park area*
  10.00am – 2.00pm Chapel Street Deep clean and litter pick of Spondon Village centre (Chapel Street and Sitwell Street)
  TBC Rykneld Recreation Ground Litter pick of Rykneld Recreation Ground
Wednesday 23 September 08.00am – 12 noon Meet at the Darley Park Drive carpark Deep clean and litter pick of Darley Park Drive and carpark, Vicarwood Avenue and Windley Crescent area*
  10.00am – 12noon Caxton Park Litter pick, planting and tidy of Caxton Park area*
  08.00am – 12noon Campion Street Deep clean of Etwall, Findern and Camp Street area
Thursday 24 September 08.30am – 12noon Arboretum Square Deep clean of Arboretum Square
  08.00am – 1.00pm City Centre Deep clean of city centre including Macklin, Abbey, Crompton Street and Gerard Street North.


Council Teams and partners (including the BID’s) will be patrolling to talk to residents about wearing and disposing of face coverings correctly to reduce littering.

*Litter pickers and equipment will be provided

Earlier this year, the Great British Spring Clean was postponed as lockdown measures came into place to slow the spread of Coronavirus. Now, the event is back and kicks off (with some changes) from Friday 11 September.

In March, over 680,000 volunteers had signed up to support the spring time event and help rid their local area of litter.

So, what are we doing and how can residents get involved with the Great British September Clean?

Pledge to pick

Anyone can get involved by pledging to pick on the Keep Britain Tidy website. You can give as much or as little time as you like and simply head out and pick up litter whilst walking the dog or walking to school.

Organise a clean up

Get together with like minded friends and family (up to a group of six) and hold a clean-up event of your own. It could be part of a trip to your local park with a picnic!

Here at Derby City Council, we will be rearranging some of the events we had organised earlier this year. Although the events won’t be as big as we had planned, we will still be transforming and cleaning up local areas across the city.

Councillor Jonathan Smale, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Streetpride said:

Whether it’s at the side of roads, in parks or on the street, no one wants to see litter in their local area. Most people do the right thing and put their rubbish in the bin but sadly, some don’t and that poor behaviour has become more apparent in recent months. We won’t tolerate littering in our city and our Public Protection Officers are out and about and will issue fines to anyone caught littering. I’d encourage everyone who cares about their local area to get involved and pledge to pick or host an event.

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