How to join in the Belfast Telegraph's Big Spring Clean-Up
First you need to decide where to carry out your litter pick.
You could clean up a local landmark or tackle a well-known litter hotspot that makes everyone wince as they go past.
It’s vital that you get permission from the landowner for your activities.
If you’re planning to work on council-owned land you will need to ask well in advance as the process of approval may take some time.
Once you have decided on the time and date for your clean-up, register the event with Tidy NI at www.tidy|northernireland.org/big-spring-clean — they can provide help and support.
At an early stage, decide on the arrangements for removal of the waste at the end of your event.
Usually your council will help by collecting rubbish or providing a skip.
If you are removing it yourself, make sure you are able to dispose of it at your local civic amenity site.
The clean-up doesn’t have to be sheer drudgery — you could organise a straightforward litter pick or come up with a theme or set a challenge.
Think of ways to make your event as much fun as possible, perhaps providing refreshments or organising fun activities such as a guided walk or putting up bird boxes.
Most importantly, you will have to carry out a risk assessment by visiting the site early on and identifying all the hazards – things like unidentified canisters, oil drums, broken glass, condoms, deep or fast flowing water, sharp rocks, derelict buildings, slippery banks and busy roads.
Your local council should be able to offer support by providing litter pickers, refuse sacks, gloves and perhaps even a skip at your event.
If making your own arrangements to get the litter you've collected off site, take their advice on where to legally dispose of the waste.