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What does Keep Britain Tidy do?

Keep Britain Tidy is an independent environmental charity, established in 1954. We fight for people’s right to live and work in a place of which they can be proud. Our work scales a range of environmental programmes, from beaches and businesses to parks and schools. We work at the heart of business, government and the community to help people better understand that what's good for the environment is also good for us.

How is Keep Britain Tidy funded?

Since 2010, when the Government announced a withdrawal of central grant for a number of charities including Keep Britain Tidy, we have transformed into an independently-funded organisation by working with partners and supporters to add value to their work and address their concerns.

Where does the money raised by Keep Britain Tidy go?

Your donation will help make our neighbourhoods, streets, beaches and parks clean and safe for everyone and for wildlife. It will allow us to support #LitterHeroes across the country and develop new campaigns to change behaviour. You can find more detailed information about our finances in our annual reports and financial statements.

Can I order Keep Britain Tidy posters or campaigns?

To help reduce fly-posting, our posters and campaign materials are not available to members of the general public. However, local authorities, land managers and community groups with permissions to put up materials can purchase them. Please see links below for more information:

Can I use the Tidyman logo for my business?

The ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ brand and its associated assets, including the Tidyman logo, are all registered with the Trade Mark Office. In order to protect our brand we take any unauthorised use of our logos very seriously.

Many different organisations use our Tidyman logo but this is under strict agreement with us. Please contact us to discuss your requirements in more detail.

How do I find out what’s happening in my area?

Enter your town or postcode into the map on our homepage for a list of events, groups and accredited places in your local area.

How can I get involved?

There are a whole range of ways you can get involved with our work, depending on what your interests are and how you would like to be involved. For more informaiton see the support our campaigns, volunteer, fundraise and donate pages.

How can I get my community group involved?

You can register your group and tidy-up events with our #LitterHeroes and sign up for our annual Great British Spring Clean, 2-4 March 2018. We also run a range of regional projects, find out how your group can get involved.

How can my school get involved?

Keep Britain Tidy is the national operator of the Foundation for Environmental Education’s (FEE) Eco-Schools programme in England.

Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging millions of children across 64 countries, making it the largest environmental schools programme in the world. Find out how your school can get involved.

How can my council get involved?

We offer a wide range of advice, solutions and services for local authorities. Please see links below for more information:

How can my business get involved?

Keep Britain Tidy works with businesses on a range of initiatives. Please see the links below for more information about how your business can get involved:

Where can I get equipment for litter-picks?

Our preferred supplier is the Helping Hand Company, who do a range of different pickers and hoops. Call them on 01531 635678 or visit the Helping Hand Company website.

Many councils will lend equipment to local community groups or schools, contact them directly to see if they can help.

How can I get a job at Keep Britain Tidy?

Visit our vacancies page to view the latest roles at Keep Britain Tidy.

For more sustainability jobs see environmentjob.co.uk

Does Keep Britain Tidy offer internships?

Unfortunately we do not offer internships at Keep Britain Tidy. However there are voluntary opportunities and paid placements for short-term project workers. Please see our work for us page.

How can I make a one-off or regular donation?

Please visit our donate page. Thank you for your support – together we can make a real difference.

Can I fundraise for Keep Britain Tidy?

Of course! And thank you for your support, please see our fundraise page for more information and ideas.

Why do you have two different awards for beaches?

The Blue Flag Award and Seaside Award have different criteria to achieve each award.

Blue Flag is an international award presented to well-managed beaches with excellent water quality and environmental education programmes.

Seaside Awards are presented to the best beaches in England and celebrate the quality and diversity of our coastline. Find out more about our coastal awards.

How do I find out more about your programmes?

Keep Britain Tidy runs a range of programmes across the country. See the following pages for more information:

Does Keep Britain Tidy provide any legal advice?

Although we cannot provide individual advice, we have some background legal information covering various issues:

We can also provide bespoke legal advice, guidance and training to members of our Keep Britain Tidy Network.

What if I see someone dropping litter from their car?

Please report it to your local council and they will decide on the appropriate course of action.

How do I report litter?

Please report the issue to your local council’s Refuse Team, they are the team responsible for rubbish collection in your district. Find your local council.

For more information please see the Litter and refuse: council responsibilities to keep land clear guidance on the Defra website.

How do I report fly-tipping?

Please see our Fly-tipping and the law advice page.

How can I report an environmental incident?

Please contact the Environment Agency 24-hour incident hotline on 0800 807060 to report incidents including:

  • damage or danger to the natural environment
  • pollution to water or land
  • poaching or illegal fishing
  • dead fish or fish gasping for air
  • watercourses blocked by a vehicle or fallen tree causing risk of flooding
  • flooding from main rivers or the sea
  • incidents at Environment Agency-regulated waste sites
  • illegal removals from watercourses
  • unusual changes in river flow
  • collapsed or badly damaged river or canal banks

Find out more on the Environment Agency website.

What is your stance on balloon or lantern releases?

Keep Britain Tidy opposes balloon or lantern releases due to the potential harmful impacts on the environment. Intentional balloon or lantern releases are a form of littering.

Instead, we recommend alternatives, such as virtual balloon releases, planting trees or lighting candles.

Where can I get more information about recycling household items?

Our friends at Recycle Now have a handy FAQ page with commonly asked questions about recycling.

I live in a block of flats without recycling facilities, what can I do?

Please speak to your local council - they may be able to install facilities.

In the meantime, you can find your nearest recycling centres by simply entering your postcode into Recycle Now’s locator tool.

How can I recycle large amounts of old clothes or textiles?

If they can't be reused, please contact the Textile Recycling Association. They will be able to help you find a suitable textiles recycling outlet.    

Disclaimer: These FAQs are provided for general information only and do not purport to be legal advice. They can also be subject to amendments.

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