You will have noticed an increase in the amount of litter on our streets and footpaths during the lockdowns. 
To help reduce the impact of litter, the Ripley Town Council Environment Committee has provided many sets of free litter picking equipment to community groups. The equipment consists of litter picking grips, hoops for black bags, and high visibility vests. 
If your community group* would like to apply for free litter picking equipment, please contact us by emailing: / 01773 513456 (Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm). 
*Your group must be based within the Ripley Township - Ripley, Marehay, Waingroves, Ambergate, Bullbridge, Sawmills, Street Lane, Heage, Nether Heage, Lower Hartshay, Upper Hartshay. 
Unfortunately, we are unable to issue litter picking equipment to individuals. If you would like to take part in litter picking activities, please contact a local group or you could set one up yourself with your neighbours. 
Here are some local groups: 
Waingroves Community Woodland Trust 
Friends of Carr Wood 
New Friends of Ripley Greenway 2019 
Nether Heage Community News and Neighbourhood watch 
Waingroves Community Association 
BASA (Bullbridge and Sawmills) 
From 8th March 2021 
Litter picking activities are permitted to be carried out alone, with members of your household (or support bubble), or with one other person from a different household. 
From 29th March 2021 
Litter picking activities in small groups of up to six volunteers or two households are permitted. 
Existing hygiene and social distancing measures should continue to be followed. 
Government guidance on the lockdown may tighten or ease over time. This guidance may be superseded by any subsequent changes in government legislation and/or guidance. Please continue to monitor the guidance and any local restrictions that may come into force. 
Stay safe. 
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