Litter Picks


Summer Litter Pick June 1st to June 5th 2021 – Come and help!

Our next Litter Pick starts on 1st June and is every day until 5th June. We will start at 10am and aim to finish by 12 noon each day. Please come to the car park at the rear of Iceland and you will see us there. We will provide litter picks, bags for rubbish and gloves if you need them (though we would prefer you bring your own). We will observe the Covid Regulations and will note your details on our records for track and trace. We are really looking forward to sprucing up the Town ready for Summer.

Autumn Litter Pick September 2020

This autumn’s Town Litter Pick, supported by Keep Britain Tidy’s national campaign, took place on each of the six days beginning on the 21st September. Volunteers were out daily in groups that complied with Covid-19 regulations to cover specific areas in the town. The pick was organised by the Alton Society and supported by Alton Town Council.

64 Volunteers took part. They included teams from Nationwide Building Society, a local firm called Jisp and Alton’s Specsavers branch. Alton Lions covered two days and our MP Damian Hinds turned up on Friday to help. A number of local councillors: Steve Hunt, Chris Lawrence, Ginny Boxall and Matthew Bayliss put in a shift, as did representatives form several Alton Residents’ Associations.

We disposed of 55 rubbish bags, 61 face masks (these had been left on the ground rather than put in a bin) and too many cigarette butts to count. It is astonishing that irresponsible smokers continue to blight our environment.

We plan to repeat the event in the Spring but many of us will be going out between now and then to tackle the scourge of litter. If you want to help in the future then contact us at

Autumn Litter Pick October 2019

Despite the weather we had a great turn out on the 26th October. Thanks to all of you who took part. Alton Town Council supplied the litter picking equipment so a special “thank you” to their staff who were very helpful. We had a new local company called Jisp turn up with a team. Alton’s 3rd Scout group came as well and did a grand job. Main litter problem was again cigarette butts followed by plastic bottles and cans. We did not find one plastic bag!

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The Spring 2019 Litter Pick took place on the 30th March. This was the best turn out ever with over 90 people taking part in clearing litter from Alton’s streets, alleyways, public parks and car parks. As with the Autumn 2018 Litter Pick the worst offenders are those who chuck their cigarette butts on the ground instead of the receptacles which are available for the rubbish. We must challenge this behaviour as it is now the number one litter problem in the Town. Thanks to all those who helped make the event run so smoothly.

A special mention to the George Public House who again gave a free coffee to any of the volunteers who wanted one after the session.

If you want to know more about future litter picks, or can help, email