Help keep our communities clean and safe

21 May 2021

Help keep our communities clean and safe

Did you know that the Oxford City Council clears up over four tonnes of litter around the city every single day? They do this to help keep the areas we live in clean and green as well as safe for animals.

It is sad to hear that animals have been harmed due to people leaving litter behind. Last year, three farm animals (including two calves) were killed by ingesting or being injured by litter. Recently litter left on Port Meadow left two animals needing vet treatment with injuries that could have been life threatening and a dog died from eating a disposable face-covering.

The City Council is encouraging everyone to ‘Pick it up, Pass it on’ with their ‘Don’t Feed The Animals’ campaign which highlights the danger of litter for pets, livestock and wildlife. Help keep places clean and prevent any further injury to animals by clearing away your rubbish. Bag it, bin it or take it home and remember before you meet up with friends for a drink or picnic:

  • Make sure you have a bag with you for rubbish
  • Head home once you’ve collected what you brought
  • If the nearest bin is full keep it with you till you can find an emptier bin

Get involved

Litter picking not only helps the environment but is good for your mental and physical health too! Here are a couple of ways to get involved:

OxClean is an annual event run by the Oxford Civic Society, in partnership with Oxford City Council, The Oxford Times, and local community groups and schools, to help keep Oxford clean and green. This year three Big Saturday Clean-Up days have been organised for 29 May, 5 June or 12 June. Join one (or all three) and register as a group or individual. All equipment is provided and we advise anyone taking part to wear their own face covering and sensible, warm, comfortable clothes and trainers.

The Great British Spring Clean is a Daily Mail and Keep Britain Tidy initiative taking place from 28 May to 13 June 2021 to help clear litter from our neighbourhoods. Join in and make a ‘pledge to pick’ as an individual or a group to help meet their million mile mission. The number of minutes and hours of litter picking pledged is converted to miles, so far over 722,000.00 miles have been pledged.

Find out more about why litter-picking matters, and how you can make a difference by visiting the Keep Britain Tidy website.