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Community and education

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.

Visit our Great Belfast Brush Off page to find our more about our current community cleanup competition.

To book a cleanup, email 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.


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

Nursery and Foundation Stage

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.

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 ext 5377 or email


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

Great Belfast Brush Off

Can your community get the Great Belfast Brush Off?

Then why not get involved in our exciting cleanup competition.

If you are planning a community cleanup our Great Belfast Brush Off 2018 competition, which will run from May to September 2018 is just for you.

The competition is open to individuals, community groups, residents groups, voluntary and church groups and summer schemes in the Belfast City Council area.

There are great prizes on offer for the winners, kindly sponsored by several local businesses. The judging criteria for the winners will be based on before and after photographs, how well the community have engaged with the local media and how they propose to continue their good work.

Captain Cleanup Competition

All primary schools in Belfast were invited to show they care for the local environment by organising a cleanup of their school playground or local area. All cleanups were to be completed before Christmas in order to be in with a chance to receive a visit from Belfast’s very own anti-litter Superhero, Captain Cleanup.

Captain Cleanup is an anti-litter super hero. He protects Belfast from his archenemy, the evil General Grime and his nasty gang of litter bugs who love to throw their rubbish on the streets.

Many schools took part and Captain Cleanup was delighted to see so many young people roll up their sleeves and grab a litter pick to make their local environment cleaner and brighter.

The lucky winners were Seaview Primary School, Hazelwood Integrated Primary, Sacred Heart Primary School, Black Mountain Primary School, Wheatfield Primary School, St Matthews Primary School and St Anne’s Primary School. 

Visit our gallery here.

Schools can continue to organise a cleanup at any time of the year and we can supply everything that’s needed such as litter picks, brushes, shovels, black bags and gloves. For more information email

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

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

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