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Community cleanups

We can help your community group organise a cleanup of your local area.

We'll give you brushes, shovels, litter picks, gloves and bags - all free of charge. They'll be delivered to you in advance and we'll collect them again, along with the rubbish, once the cleanup is complete. You'll need to give us at least one week's notice so we have time to organise the equipment.

It's your responsibility to look after the equipment and make sure that all items are returned at the end of the cleanup. You'll also have to sign a receipt when you receive the items.

To book a cleanup, email catcleansing@belfastcity.gov.uk or call 028 9050 0501.

Guidelines for event organisers

If you're organising an event, please read our booklet 'Managing litter and waste - guidelines for event organisers'. It gives you helpful advice on how to control litter before, during and after an event and how we can help you with the cleanup operation.

You can also request a copy of the booklet by calling 028 9050 0501.

Education

We run a range of anti-litter events to help your school or community group reach its environmental goals. They're fun, free and linked to the NI Curriculum.

If you'd like to book one of our free anti-litter workshops, please call us on 028 9032 0202 ext 5377 or email catcleansing@belfastcity.gov.uk.

Nursery 

We offer a range of short stories to help educate and entertain pupils about litter and the impact it has on the world around them. You can choose from: 

  • Sammy the squirrel, 
  • Captain Cleanup and the case of the mystery litter dropper and 
  • Getting tidy with a little help from my friends. 

These sessions last about 30 minutes.

During December, we run our Environmental Litter Friend (ELF), which is a Christmas themed story session. Places are available to book from September and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Foundation Stage

We offer a short talk about litter and its impact on our local environment accompanied by a short story to reinforce the anti-litter message. You can choose from: 

  • Sophie’s story (about the impact litter can have on our marine wildlife),
  • Captain Cleanup and the case of the mystery litter dropper and 
  • Getting tidy with a little help from my friends. 

These sessions last approximately 40 minutes.

Primary (Key stage 1 and 2 )

Our key stage 1 and 2 workshops includes short video clips, games, discussions and competitions. Each session normally lasts 1 hour. The workshops are linked to the Northern Ireland Curriculum.

After the workshop, you'll receive our anti-litter education pack containing lessons plans, resources and a CD, and we can help you organise a community cleanup.

If you'd like to book one of our free anti-litter workshops, please call us on 028 9032 0202 or email catcleansing@belfastcity.gov.uk

Post-primary

Let's Talk Rubbish initiative

We are currently offering post-primary schools the chance to take part in our FREE debating workshop.*
The workshops are open to Key Stage 3 pupils and will run in conjunction with an experienced workshop facilitator.

The workshops are closely linked to the Northern Ireland Curriculum and will provide pupils with an opportunity to:

  • develop an understanding of the impact litter can have on our city
  • investigate attitudes and behaviours towards litter and our environment
  • explore and respond to the views and feelings of others
  • explore issues related to moral character
  • develop as a contributor to society.
Spaces are limited to one session per school and will last for one hour. In order for us to facilitate the workshop, the class size should not exceed more than 30 pupils.

Workshops will run from Monday 23 September 2019. To book a space for your school please contact the Community Awareness Team on 028 9032 0202 ext.5377 or email us at catcleansing@belfastcity.gov.uk.

*Terms and conditions apply. Download a copy of the terms and conditions (Doc-26KB).

Anti-litter workshops

If you would like to arrange an anti-litter workshop for this age group, please contact us on 028 90 500 501 or email catcleansing@belastcity.gov.uk to discuss.

Captain Cleanup's video message: Litter, don't drop it, stop it!



Captain Cleanup is keen to read about what you are doing to help keep Belfast clean.  You can write to him at the address below or email captaincleanup@belfastcity.gov.uk

Captain Cleanup
Community Awareness Team
Belfast City Council
Cleansing Services
3rd Floor North
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street
Belfast
BT2 8BP


Contact us
Street cleansing
028 9027 0230
Cleansing Services
3rd Floor North
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street
Belfast
BT2 8BP