Your guide to our litter picking competition

By The Modern Milkman on September 20th, 2021

As ever, thanks for getting involved

We have great respect for the work our community groups already do to bring people together. So we can’t thank you enough for sparing the time to get involved in our initiative to clean up this beautiful town. And the prize money is just our way of giving a little bit back to the community to show our gratitude.  

Competition details

Get your team to enter your unique code into the Literati app, ready for our big litter picking weekend. The more people who sign up with your code, the more likely you are to win. Only litter collected in the Gateshead area on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd October will count towards your total. 

Safety first

Remember to wear suitable clothing when litter picking, i.e. not your Sunday best. And be sure to have safety gloves, litter pickers and bin bags ready to collect the litter safely. If there’s anything you’re unsure about picking up, like needles and other sharp items, or anything that looks remotely toxic or unhygienic to handle, please err on the side of caution and leave it. 

Building a lean, mean, litter picking machine

It’s now over to you. You can build your dream team by downloading the shareable image provided and adding your unique code, before posting it on social media to drive sign up. You can also print off the poster supplied from the downloadable link below and put it up in your clubhouse, changing rooms, or wherever it is you all congregate, to generate as much interest as possible. On the days of the litter picking weekend, we’d recommend working in teams of two, with one person picking litter and the other taking pictures to log on the Litterati app. 

Please tag us @modernmilkman_ on Twitter and Instagram so we can reshare and get as many people involved as possible.

What’s Litterati when it’s at home!?

Litterati is an app that allows litter pickers worldwide to photograph and tag the litter they collect to trace the source of the problem. This tracking creates accountability for litter and could help prevent the problem in the first place, instead of picking it up afterwards. It also allows us to see which of our community litter picking groups (including yourselves) have picked the most litter so we can crown a winner. Working in pairs, with one person picking litter whilst the other person snaps it on their phone through the app, will help you log the litter efficiently. 

How your team members sign up

  • – Download the app with the QR code and sign up
  • – Go to challenges > Join > Join a challenge with a code
  • – Enter the unique code provided for your litter picking team

Litter picking tips

Our reigning Manchester litter picking champions, Salford Litter Heroes, have shared their top tips for a successful litter pick:

  • – Work in teams of two, with one picking and one taking pictures
  • – Find the best “grot spots”, such as near takeaways, shops and litter-strewn parks
  • – Use hand sanitiser and have snacks to keep you going
  • – Remember to tag @modernmilkman_ on Twitter and Instagram to reshare and get as many people involved as possible

We’ll announce the winners on 8th October

The team who picks the most litter will be announced as the winners on 8th October – with a prize of 500 smackeroonies to spend however they see fit! But, win or lose, we’ll all have the satisfaction of knowing we’ve helped to improve our local area. On your marks. Get set. Go!!

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