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Clearly this year’s event will have a number of significant differences to our usual clean-up campaigns. We have made the decision not to run large community events and have been encouraging you to get involved either as an individual, a household or as part of an established group (with your own kit and insurance). 

Please be aware that for health and safety reasons, this year Keep Wales Tidy are unable support groups who are not established or do not have their own insurance. Unless you are an established group with your own insurance, please only register for your own household.

The guidance we are outlining is based on The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) Wales Regulations 2020 . The regulation can change on a weekly basis and you should be aware that further restrictions may be imposed at any time, which will have an impact on the guidance which we outline below. We would encourage you to visit the link to check current regulation for yourself.

Advice for individuals who have registered

Thank you for registering to join us.  We would like to offer you as much support as we can to pick up litter safely and have outlined some of the things that we feel you should consider before setting out. 

Please do remember to keep us updated on your progress by tagging us in your social media posts and photographs #AutumnCleanCymru

1. Location and personal safety

When choosing a location you should consider your own personal safety first and foremost.  Please stick to well used paths and locations, but bear in mind how busy they might become in light of the need to keep a 2m distance - especially if it is a popular location and a sunny day!

2. Hygiene

Wherever possible arrange to wash your hands before you start and before eating or drinking.  If washroom facilities are not available then you should make sure that you bring and use hand sanitiser.

3. Equipment

Litter pickers – You should use a litter picker at all times.  At the end of each litter pick, equipment should be washed down or sanitised (domestic use sanitiser is sufficient) and / or not re-used for at least 72 hours.

Gloves – We also recommend that you wear gloves.  If you use disposable gloves, then they should be removed by turning them inside out and disposed of in a sealed plastic bag.  If work gloves are used then they should be washed at a minimum 60 degree wash.

Masks – Face masks are not mandatory for outdoor activity in Wales, but please be considerate of others around you who are at higher risk or prefer to wear them.

4. Waste collection

Please check our local authority collection requirements list here.  Alternatively, please contact your local authority directly to find out about your local litter bag collection policy.

Advice for households who have registered

Thank you for registering to join us.  We would like to offer you as much support as we can to pick up litter safely and have outlined some of the things that we feel you should consider before setting out. 

Please do remember to keep us updated on your progress by tagging us in your social media posts and photographs  #AutumnCleanCymru

1. What is a ‘household’?

In the context of Autumn Clean Cymru, a household is a number of people who live together in the same house and have been living together for at least the past 14 days.

2. Location and personal safety

When considering a location, you should think about the size of the area available.  While you do not need to keep 2m apart as a household, there may well be members of the public at the location from whom you will need to maintain a social distance, especially if it is a popular location and a sunny day!

3. Hygiene

Wherever possible, arrange to all wash your hands before you start and before eating or drinking.  If washroom facilities are not available then you should make sure that you bring and use hand sanitiser.

4. Equipment

Litter pickers – You should use a litter picker at all times.  At the end of each litter pick, equipment should be washed down or sanitised (domestic use sanitiser is sufficient) and / or not re-used for at least 72 hours.

Gloves – We also recommend that you all wear gloves. If you use disposable gloves, then they should be removed by turning them inside out and disposed of in a sealed plastic bag.  If work gloves are used then they should be washed at a minimum 60 degree wash.

Masks – Face masks are not mandatory for outdoor activity in Wales, but please be considerate of others around you who are at higher risk or prefer to wear them.

5. Waste collection

Please check our local authority collection requirements list here.  Alternatively, please contact your Local Authority directly to find out about your local litter bag collection policy.

Guidance for for groups wishing to participate in Autumn Clean Cymru

Keep Wales Tidy is encouraging existing community groups who have their own kit and insurance to take part in Autumn Clean Cymru.

Please be aware that for health and safety reasons, this year Keep Wales Tidy are unable support informal groups who do not have their own insurance, so if you don’t have your own insurance, please only register for your own household.

Please note that a condition of the Keep Wales Tidy group insurance scheme is the completion of an appropriate risk assessment that takes Coronavirus(COVID-19) requirements into account and meets all elements of the most up to date Health Protection (Coronavirus)(Wales) Regulation 2020.

When arranging your event please use the guidance below:

1. Location

When considering the total number of participants able to take part you should consider the size of the area, whilst bearing in mind how many people can be in the area with a 2m distance between them.  Don’t forget that the area may have members of the public too, especially if it is a popular location and a sunny day!

You will need to carry out a risk assessment to ensure that the location allows you to effectively comply with all of the guidelines outlined.

2. Number of participants

The current Regulation states that up to 30 people may gather outdoors from any number of households provided that 2m social distancing is maintained throughout. Please note that this is a legal limit and the Welsh Government guidance still aims to minimise gatherings of this size where possible.

The legal limit of 30 persons must not be exceeded, so you should ensure that you have put in place a suitable method of controlling numbers.  You could use a pre-event booking system, an email registration or you may chose to just turn people away on the day once your limit has been reached.  

3. Fitness to participate

You should check that none of your participants are feeling unwell, and have not suffered any of the Coronavirus symptoms in the previous 14 days.  Anybody who is feeling unwell or who has displayed symptoms should not participate.

4. Coronavirus Track and Trace System

To assist with the NHS Test and Trace Programme a register should be taken of all participants.  You will need to collect name, address and contact telephone number.  To comply with GDPR legal requirements, you must have permission from your participants to retain this contact information and you should destroy it within 21 days of the end of your event. An example register can be found here. 

5. Hygiene

Wherever possible arrange for your pickers to wash their hands before you start and before eating or drinking.  If washroom facilities are not available, then you should make sure that your participants bring hand sanitiser (and you may want to bring some spare just in case).

6. Equipment

Litter pickers – Your pickers should use a litter picker at all times and they should not be shared.  At the end of each litter pick, equipment should be washed down or sanitised (domestic use sanitiser is sufficient) and / or not re-used for at least 72 hours.

Gloves – We also recommend that you all wear gloves.  Participants should be encouraged to bring their own gloves.  If disposable gloves  are used, then they should be removed by turning them inside out and disposed of in a sealed plastic bag.  If work gloves are used then they should be washed at a minimum 60 degree wash.

Masks – Face masks are not mandatory for outdoor activity in Wales, but you should be considerate of participants who are at higher risk or prefer to wear them. Participants should bring their own mask and work in a zone/area where they are comfortable.

7. Waste collection

Please check our local authority collection requirements list here. Alternatively, please contact your local authority directly to find out about your local litter bag collection policy.

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