This is my Doncaster - Get involved

'This is my Doncaster' is a campaign all about getting local people to take pride in their community.

The council doesn’t have the massive financial resources needed to keep everywhere spotless, and it already costs us £500,000 each year to pick up dumped rubbish and dropped litter.  

The only way we are going to make a positive impact to protect the environment is by working together with local people.

Great British September Clean (11-27 September 2020) 

Poster for the Great British Clean

This year we were blown away by the support from everyone – volunteers, local authorities, charities and businesses – for the Great British Spring Clean, which was due to be held 20 March - 13 April.

However, with our first priority to make sure everyone stays safe and well, this year’s Great British Spring Clean was postponed until September due to Covid-19.

If you've previously registered; Keep Britain Tidy have published their frequently asked questions about postponement. The Great British September Clean is bigger than ever and we want you to do your bit. The campaign will see everyone taking action to clean up streets, parks and beaches across the country.

As part of our ‘This is my Doncaster – Keep it Clean’ campaign; Doncaster Council staff and volunteers regularly hold action days to blitz local areas. In conjunction with the Keep Britain Tidy the council is looking for even more willing volunteers to donate whatever time they have to help clean up litter from streets and parks while recycling as much as possible.

To ensure that the campaign complies with current Government guidance in relation to Covid-19, the campaign has been amended slightly to ensure the health and safety of all participants. Please read Keep Britain Tidy clean up guidance in relation to coronavirus.

Last year:
• 36 clean ups took place
• 800 bags of rubbish were collected
• 450 willing volunteers got involved

This year:
• Up to 650,000 people are expected to participate nationwide
• Register your support on the 'Keep Britain Tidy' website or email
• Share your social media posts and photos with or our @MyDoncaster social media accounts using the #GBSpringClean hashtag

Find your nearest cleanup

Frequently asked questions 

How can I get involved?

You can organise and register a private event with us – contact for more details. Or you can register your own litter pick on the Keep Britain Tidy website. You can pledge as little as 15 minutes to the campaign.

What is pledging?

You don’t have to organise a clean-up or join others if you don’t want to. You can simply register your support by pledging and telling us how many minutes you are going to give to the campaign. You could pick up litter while walking the dog or on the walk to school.

There's usually a public event. Can't I join that?

There will be no option to host or join a public event this year. You can pick solo or your private event can be yourself plus up to five people, in line with social distancing guidelines (subject to change in line with Government guidance on the maximum number of people who can meet in a public space).

Does it cost anything?

No – taking part is completely FREE.
Feel free to treat yourself to a well-earned brew after though!

Where can I get equipment from?

Doncaster Council will provide all the necessary equipment you need FREE of charge.

Who will collect the bags that I have filled?

Please notify us in advance of your pick. Call us on 01302 736000 and we’ll organise a collection. We aim to collect the bags within 3 working days.

How long does a litter pick take?

1 – 4 hours is usually sufficient to fill up a few bags.

What are the health benefits to litter picking?

There are numerous health benefits such as fresh air, walking and improving the environment of the area you live in.

What should I wear?

Wear appropriate clothing including sturdy flat soled shoes, long sleeved tops and trousers not shorts. Don’t forget a waterproof coat if there is rain forecast or sun cream and hat if it is going to be sunny. This year you will need your own protective gloves too.

Do I need to bring anything?

Depending upon how long you plan to be out you might want to bring a drink or a bite to eat – remember though to wash or sanitise your hands before touching any food.

Can I bring my dog/pet along?

Check with the organiser prior to the event. Unfortunately not all events are suitable for our canine friends.

What age do I have to be or can children attend?

Yes, children should be accompanied by a responsible adult throughout the event.

Do I have to stay for the full length of the event?

No, but do tell the organiser so they know you have left.

Why don’t the council pick up the rubbish; why rely on volunteers?

The council doesn’t have the massive financial resources needed to keep everywhere spotless, and it already costs us £500,000 each year to pick up dumped rubbish and dropped litter.  The only way we are going to make a positive impact to protect the environment is by working together with local people.

Where does the waste go?

The waste will be collected by Doncaster council and taken to our usual disposal site. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to separate and recycle the waste, but if you are able to recycle some of the rubbish yourself you can always take it to your local recycling site or if there is only a small amount you can put it in your household collection green box or blue bin

Video: A guide to getting involved

A Guide to Planning Your #GBSpringClean Clean-Up (by Keep Britain Tidy)

Our mission continues

Our campaign in the fight against litter, fly-tipping and environmental crime continues, and street scene teams are planning some more action weeks very soon which we will keep you informed about. The purpose of these is to target hotspot areas and encourage communities to get involved in cleaning up their neighbourhoods and taking pride in their area. Since we re-launched our campaign last November, the number of residents contacting us for litter picking equipment has increased.

Show your support

If you fancy helping out by collecting litter while walking the dog or while taking a stroll with the kids, we can support you by sending free equipment like litter pickers and bin bags, and will also dispose of all the waste you collect. Just email if you want to help out!

Or, if you want to show your support for the campaign by requesting a 'This is my Street' window sticker, send us an email and one can be sent to you free of charge.

Get in touch through social media via @MyDoncaster and share with us your photos, videos and posts to help raise of the event.


Last updated: 21 September 2020 10:39:20