The Corona virus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have provided an opportunity for all of us to spend more time in our local area, helping us to appreciate and value the places we live in.
It has also allowed us to reflect on the declining environmental standards of our communities, to notice the litter and dog fouling that we might otherwise have walked past.
DWT can help you tackle the blight of litter in your local area and give purpose to your daily exercise.
Our litter picking equipment loan service has been in operation for over 21 years and offers adult and children sized equipment sets for temporary loan, for example for a one off community event. The BBC Hereford & Worcester #ProudToPick campaign continues through the summer, with it's aim to collect 8000 bags of litter from the 2 Counties streets and green spaces. That's 1 bag of litter for every 100 residents.
There is a week of #ProudToPick litter action planned during the school holidays, from 14th August. The Counties' residents can nominate a grot spot and organise a community litter pick, and borrow litter picking equipment free of charge from DWT (see below for more details on our loan service).
If you would like to nominate a grot spot and get your community litter pick promoted on the BBCH&W radio then contact broadcast journalist Nicola Goodwin
For longer term loans of litter picking equipment you can register with our volunteer litter warden scheme (VLWS). This scheme is open for residents based in Worcester who 'adopt a street' and agree to litter pick their area on a regular basis.
Our equipment sets are sourced locally from Helping Hands Environmental in Ledbury. If you are able to fund your sets personally then Helping Hands Environmental have an online shop to buy from directly.
If you are in the Wychavon, Malvern Hills or Wyre Forest district- your district councils operate their own loan schemes. For Bromsgrove and Redditch email firstname.lastname@example.org
DWT Volunteer Litter Warden Scheme
Our volunteer litter warden scheme supports volunteers who wish to clean up their local area and green space within Worcester. The scheme has been running for over 21 years and currently has over 280 active volunteers.
Our litter wardens often adopt and litter pick their own residential areas or areas close to their place of work, and the Trust truly appreciates this practical action. If you are interested in becoming a litter warden then DWT can provide advice and support and also the equipment that you will require to get started.
During the time of the Corona pandemic litter contaminated with Covid-19 could potentially spread the virus back to humans by infecting animals which come into contact with it. Whilst this is another great reason to remove litter, it also means that people must exercise extreme caution when dealing with discarded rubbish. DWT provides PPE equipment to minimise this risk and guidance notes on litter picking safely.
The equipment can be provided for an individual, family group or community group. The equipment set includes a litter picker (adult or child) a handi hoop (not for child use), black bags, reusable washable gloves (adult or child) and a Hi-Viz jacket (adult or child).
The cost of each set to our charity is approx £40 per person. We provide free equipment as volunteering and community action should be accessible to all regardless of income. But if you can donate anything towards the cost of equipment or the running of the scheme it would be gratefully received. Please click on the SUPPORT US link in the menu to donate.
As a litter warden volunteer you can only litter pick on public land, unless you get permission for private land from the land owner. Under 16's need to be accompanied by a trusted adult.Wearing the Hi Viz jacket proves you are volunteering and prevents you from being accused of fly tipping when leaving full bags of litter by a Council bin.
We also keep you informed of DWT volunteer and global litter related news and events by email.