AbiBinit! Litter Picking Initiative

Are you fed up with litter blowing around in the street? Did you know that a high profile litter picking session raises people’s awareness and improves their behaviour? Read on…

Many of us, while going about our daily lives, will usually bin other people’s litter. Sadly, others simply don’t care and throw it on the ground, where it blows around or piles up. Litter is unhealthy and costly for everyone, affecting the environment, crime rates, and even property prices. AbiBinit! is based on the OxClean initiative and has been formed to help keep all areas of our lovely town tidy and free of litter.

One of the things that’s fundamental to human nature is that we imitate the actions of those around us.” So said Robert Cialdini, emeritus professor of psychology and marketing at Arizona State University, who has conducted a number of landmark studies in littering and littering prevention. AbiBinit! believe we should encourage people to imitate litter pickers rather than litter throwers.

The Friends of Abingdon fully support the AbiBinit! initiative, as do the following organisations: OxClean, Abingdon Lions, Vale of White Horse District Council, South Oxfordshire District Council, Friends of Radley Lakes (), Abingdon Green Gym (†), Abingdon Carbon Cutters, Abingdon Chamber of Commerce, and Keep Britain Tidy.

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Future Litter Picks

Note: litter picking equipment will be supplied

River & River Bank Clean-up

  • Saturday 13 April
  • Work Site: Following the river along Abbey Meadow towards Nags Head Island and beyond, time permitting
  • Meet up point: Abingdon Lock (Please note: no parking available)
  • Times: Start at 10am; Finish between 12.30pm and 1.00pm
  • This event will be organised along with Abingdon Cuts Plastic and the Kingfisher Canoe Club in conjunction with the Surfers Against Sewage clean up event

McDonald’s Litter Pick

  • Sunday 14 April – Litter pick for young people
  • McDonald’s Community Litter Pick
  • A chance to do your bit for the Abingdon Big Spring Clean
  • Meet up point: Outside McDonald’s
  • Time: 10am for approximately 1 hour
  • A small snack will be available at the end
  • Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult

Town Centre Litter Pick

  • Sunday 18 May
  • Meet up point: Costa Coffee (Bury Street branch)
  • Time: 10am until noon

The Abingdon Big Spring Clean

The Great British Spring Clean is run in association with Keep Britain Tidy and is held annually through the whole of March. For details of individual Abingdon litter picks during the Great British Spring Clean, please keep an eye on the Future Litter Picks schedule above.

If you would like to arrange your own group litter pick please order your equipment in good time by emailing the South and Vale Waste Team.

Anytime Litter Picks

Group litter picks can be organised at any time throughout the year. If you require litter picking equipment please email the South and Vale Waste Team. Please give them at least two weeks notice and leave any bags at a prearranged collection site.

Please note: The waste team can only supply litter picking equipment for organised groups, not individuals.

Tip and Guides for Organising a Litter Pick

  • Make sure your volunteers are well briefed, i.e meeting time and place. If possible offer maps of the area to be worked on.
  • Reserve your litter picking equipment in good time and ensure that you will have enough for everyone.
  • On the day hold a short briefing before starting.
  • Make sure that everyone is aware of health and safety guidelines. See this LitterAction web page which has lots of information on how to organise a litter pick.

Needles, syringes, and hazardous waste should not be disturbed. Please report to the South and Vale Waste Team as soon as possible.


We are keen to see local retailers, food outlets, and pubs support the AbiBinit! initiative by keeping the outside of their premises (front and back) clear of litter. This will help to keep Abingdon a clean and attractive place. Retailers supporting AbiBinit! will receive:

  • a certificate to display in their premises and on their website for marketing purposes.
  • publicity on Social Media for supporting AbiBinit!.

Children’s Litter Picks

A children’s litter pick will be arranged on one Saturday during the summer months. Parents should collect and return equipment to the organiser and accompany children during their litter pick. Children will receive a fun certificate for taking part.

Please note: The Council waste team can supply child-size litter picks for groups of children.

Youth Clubs, Brownies, Guides, Cubs, and Scouts

AbiBinit! is keen to encourage these groups to get involved in regular litter picking, possibly allocating an area to work on (e.g. a playground, the skate park).


AbiBinit! will be contacting local primary and secondary schools to establish what they currently offer in terms of education on littering. There are a number of excellent resources available online which can be downloaded for free from the LitterAction Schools web page

Email Contact List

  • AbiBinit!: contact Helen – we need volunteers so please contact Helen if you can help in any way.
  • To request litter picking equipment, contact the South and Vale Waste Team.
  • To report overflowing bins or evidence of fly tipping, or to request a new bin, a replacement bin, and other issues, contact Biffa.
  • To report large items of waste in waterways, contact the Environment Agency.

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