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Community initiatives

  • Community clean ups

    We can help your community group organise a clean up 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 clean up. You'll also have to sign a receipt when you receive the items. 

    You must comply with the latest COVID-19 (coronavirus) guidance (link opens in new window). You should not share equipment or reuse gloves. 

    To book a community clean up complete our online form

    Read our guidelines for organising a community cleanup.

    You can also book a clean up, get more information about clean ups by emailing or call 028 9050 0501.

  • Guidelines for event organisers

    If you're organising an event, please read our guidelines for managing litter and waste 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.

    Read the guidelines

  • Request a free pocket ashtray or gum wrap

    Removing chewing gum from our streets is a long and expensive process.  You can help by putting your gum in a bin or using one of our free gum pouches until you find a bin. 

    Discarded cigarette butts are also a common problem. Put your extinguished cigarette butt in a bin or use one of our free pocket ashtrays until you find a bin. 

    Remember you can be fined £80 for dropping litter. 

    Free pocket ashtrays and gum wraps are available to residents in the Belfast area. To claim your free pocket ashtray or gum wrap you can visit our office:

    Cleansing Services
    Belfast City Council
    Cecil Ward Building
    Fourth Floor
    4-10 Linenhall Street
    BT2 8BP

    Or we can post one to you. Call us on 028 9027 0230 or email with your postal address.

  • Litter heroes

    Do you know of a litter hero in your area?

    We want to hear about local litter heroes who above and beyond to keep local areas clean and free from litter and we want to recognise their efforts in keeping Belfast clean.

    Let us know about your unsung litter heroes and we will provide them with a clean up kit (litter pick, gloves and high-vis vest) so they can keep up the good work.

    For more information contact the Community Awareness Team by email

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