Take Action – It’s time to get litter picking and make a difference!
N.B. All links and web addresses are provided as a guide for reference. Leicestershire Scouts does not take responsibility for the content of any external links and websites.
- When litter picking, you must make sure you follow all of the guidance in our Risk Assessment and stick to all current government guidance related to Covid-19. You must only go out with members of your own household or support bubble and must observe social distancing guidelines at all times – remember the most important thing is to keep you and your families safe. We will keep these pages updated with any new information as soon as we get it.
- Decide where in your local area you are going to go litter picking and make sure you have your litter picker, gloves and bags to collect the rubbish in – try to keep waste that can be recycled away from general waste.
- Remember to sign up for and join in our Zoom Q+A with members of the North Leics Wombles on 23rd Feb, for tips and ideas on all things litter picking! https://www.leicestershirescouts.org.uk/about/training-diary/
- Get litter picking!! Every time you collect some rubbish, remember to log your efforts on the Mucky March website. Keep checking in to see how much your Group has collected and how we are doing as a County as a whole! https://www.muckymarch.org.uk/
- Make sure you dispose of all the litter you’ve collected in the right way! Your Group may be able to organise a local drop off point, or you may already have a location locally where waste you have collected can be taken. Listed below are some helpful websites which may be able to help you work out where to take your bags.
- Note – some councils may be able to provide bags, gloves and litter pickers – however we are told that this service is extremely limited at the moment and may involve large delays.
- Leicestershire County Council: https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/waste-and-recycling
- Blaby District Council: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a drop off of waste – book before you pick!
- Charnwood: Email email@example.com
- Harborough: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hinckley and Bosworth: Try using the link here for more information https://www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk/info/580/litter_and_litter_bins/115/more_about_litter/3
- Leicester City: Visit www.leics.gov.uk for more information
- Melton: Email email@example.com for bags and report bags for collection here http://forms.melton.gov.uk/STREETSCENEFORMTWO/launch
- North West Leicestershire: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Oadby and Wigston: Visit www.oadby-wigston.gov.uk for more information
(If you know of collection places or details which we don’t have listed here please let us know!)
While out litter picking you could , if safe to do so, recycle the cans and help helipadsforhospitals…..
CANS FOR HELLIPAD…..
Together, we CAN help air ambulance patients
- By picking up cans YOU can reduce litter, improving our local environment
- By recycling aluminium cans, YOU can reduce the need to mine bauxite, the raw material, and save energy
- By donating cans to Helipads For Hospitals (H4H) YOU could save lives
- follow the link helipadsforhospitals.org.uk
Before you move onto Stage 4 make sure you have:
- Completed all of the hours of litter picking action that you need for the stage of the Community Impact Award that you are aiming for!
- Logged all of the rubbish that you’ve collected at www.muckymarch.org.uk!
- Disposed of all the rubbish correctly, recycling when you can.
Now you’re ready to learn more and complete your top awards by raising awareness! Go to Stage 4 to find out more, but first check out the badge links:
Badge links: The activities in this stage contribute towards the following badges – check with your leader what else you would need to do to complete the full badge!
- For all Sections: Completing this Section finishes Part 3 of the Community Impact Staged badge. This is the moment where you decide which stage you are going to be able to achieve, in agreement with your leader. Each stage needs a certain number of hours of action over a set period of time. Your entire project – from ‘Identifying the need’ in Stage 1, to ‘Telling the World’ in Stage 5, will also need to take place over a set time period as you can see below.
- For stages 2 and above, you will need to do something other than litter picking for your action hours – you will need to do some other work raising awareness and learning more about the issues waste can create or on recycling. Check out the Stage 4 resources for more inspiration on this – your action hours are made up of a combination of stages 3 and 4!
- See the hours of action that are needed for each of the stages here:
- Stage 1 – 4 hours of actions over a period of 1 month. (Total project should last 3 months)
- Stage 2 – 12 hours of action over a period of 4 months (Total project should last 6 months)
- Stage 3 – 24 hours of action over a period of 6 months (Total project should last 9 months)
- Stage 4 – 48 hours of action over a period of 12 months (Total project should last more than a year)
- Completing the full project will meet the community project / volunteering requirements towards the respective World Challenge Awards. Beavers, Cubs and Scouts
- Beavers: If you didn’t already count your efforts in Stage 1, going out litter picking could work as an outdoor activity for your Adventure Challenge, or help complete your Explore badge.
- You could also take more photos for your Photographer badge.
- Cubs: Carry on your work from Stages 1 and 2 towards your Environmental Conservation badge when you go litter picking – this could be 1 of the 2 projects needed to complete the badge!
- Use this as an activity towards your Adventure Challenge and take photos for your Photographer badge if you didn’t already in Stage 1!
- Continue your work towards the Naturalist badge by visiting the same area on your litter picking trips 4 times over 3 months and observing the changes you see.
- Scouts: Continue your work from Stage 1 towards the Environmental Conservation badge by using litter picking as a project improving local conservation.
- You could also continue (or start) working on your Photographer badge by taking photos of your journeys and the changes over time.
- You can also continue your work towards the Naturalist badge by spending time out observing the wildlife in your local area and finding out more about the things you see.
- Explorers: Continue your Naturalist badge when you are out litter picking, by studying your local area over the period of time, the conservation techniques you can see and researching these further.
- Use this as one of your ICV list requirements for the Chief Scouts’ Platinum / Diamond Awards, or the Queen’s Scout Award. You’ll need to complete all 5 stages and agree your aims and activities with you leader (you will notice some of the ICV options specify earning Stage 3 or 4 of the Community Impact badge – this could include working as a Young Leader to support a younger Section to complete the project, or be linked to a Young Leader Belt mission.