Sandbach Clean Team

The monthly litter picks are back in action!

The next group litter pick will be on Saturday 15th May. Someone will be in the store next to Pisces Fish Bar on Scotch Common to issue equipment and direct litter pickers to one of the rounds in the town centre.

Members should also feel free to go out litter-picking as they want to. However, please note the vital need to maintain physical distancing and all members should ensure that they wear protective gear (gloves are essential if handling litter)and observe all guidelines.

Last year we adopted a strategy of equipping all the local schools with enough litter-picking gear to set up their own Junior Clean Teams. This proved to be really worthwhile. We have now signed up (and fully equipped) five out of the six Primary Schools. At the year end, we also enrolled both the Senior schools, and they are being provided with gear to enable them to set up their very own Clean Teams.

All this is part of our strategy to try and eliminate litter at source, rather than just picking it up “after the event”. Of course, it’s most certainly not just youngsters that drop litter, but we thought that if we catch them young..........

Litter and adding to plastic pollution is a problem for ALL generations, and we will be trying throughout 2020 to press home our message of:


We’d also like to add REFUSE to the list, implying that we all exercise discretion in buying loose products rather than packaged (e.g. fruit and vegetables, bulk dispensation of cleaning products in re-usable containers etc.). If that’s not possible, try to buy products with the least amount of packaging.

The dates of all our collective monthly litter picks for the year are listed in the “Future Activities” page of this website, and we’d be delighted to see you there. However, members pick litter throughout the year as and when it’s convenient. Many members take part in our “ADOPT AN AREA” scheme, and pick up litter on their home (or adopted) patch.

Happy litter-picking and anti-plastic campaigning.

The picture below shows a recent litter pick to which Sandbach Town Councillors were invited.


Sandbach Clean Team is an organisation set up by local people for local people to allow them to accept and take responsibility for the cleanliness of their local area.

In July 2015 the team won the national Community Award from the Chartered Institute of Waste Management, praising in particular our focus on involving wide sections of the community including youth groups.

Our aims are to:

  • Make Sandbach and the adjacent Parishes as litter free as possible
  • Encourage people to take responsibility for their environment
  • Inform the local residents of the work of Sandbach Clean Team
  • Support the setting up of other Local Clean Teams
  • Work with young people to develop their awareness of litter and its problems
  • Develop links to other Clean Teams and environmental projects
  • Liaise closely with local government and other agencies

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