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Plastic-Free Hackney Monthly Pollution Pick

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The Princess of Wales

146 Lea Bridge Road


E5 9RB

United Kingdom

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Plastic-Free Hackney's Monthly Pollution Pick** 🌿

Last Sunday of the Month

From 10am (with staggered starts)

Princess of Wales pub car park E5 9RB

Plastic-Free Hackney are delighted and relieved to be running our Monthly Pollution Picks again!

Plastic-Free Hackney Pollution Picks are designed to be Covid Safe - with groups limited to 6 people, physical distancing and staggered time starts.

As ever, please come dressed in robust outdoor clothes with appropriate footwear (no open toed shoes). Unless it's torrential rain, we will go ahead whatever the weather, so waterproofs are recommended. We also request that all volunteers wear face coverings.

Public loos are not readily available. We advise that you 'go' before you arrive ;)

If you'd like to pick for the full 2 hours, make sure you book a ticket for the 10am slot!

Please note that it will be compulsory to book an Eventbrite ticket in advance of coming to the Pollution Pick.

Below we've set out how we will be running the pollution picks. Please do read through the outline below it since things will be different to how we've run them in the past.

Tickets are limited, so please do only book if you know that you're going to come. If plans change we'd be grateful if you could cancel your ticket so we can ensure as many bodies are out there as possible removing the pollution.

We know it seems like there are many hoops to jump through, but our canal is so in need of our attention and we are really grateful to you, wonderful volunteer warriors, for accepting these changes to our events.

**You may notice these events have been reborn as 'Pollution Picks'. We decided that the word 'litter' sounds too benign, and puts the onus on the people who have dropped it, rather than the producers of single-use plastics. After all, if the plastic wasn't wrapping the crisps/water/Haribo there'd be nothing to pick up.

The Plastic-Free Hackney Team x

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How we run Pollution Picks

1. Booking

It's always helpful for us to know who is coming, but for Pollution Picks during the pandemic it will be compulsory to book a ticket in advance. This will also enable us to contact you if necessary when the track and trace system is implemented.

Choose a 5 minute slot to start your pick. These are limited to groups of 5. We'd be grateful if you could book for the first available time slot. You will only be able to book one ticket, so if you're coming with a friend/family member you will each need to individually book your own tickets. If you are bringing a child, please book 2 tickets - 1 for you and 1 for the child.

2. PPE

Please bring your own mask and hand sanitiser too. We will also have hand sanitiser available.

3. Equipment

As usual we will provide litterpickers, hoops and sacks. Plastic-Free Hackney will clean all this equipment before and after use. Please touch only the things that you will be using on the pollution pick and keep personal belongings to a minimum - you will need to carry them with you. Only bring food and drink if you are also carrying your own hand sanitiser so that you can clean your hands before eating or drinking.

4. Travel

Please avoid using public transport if you can - we encourage you to walk or cycle.

5. You

If you are feeling ill or have displayed any symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days - prior to the event - please do not attend. If you have any underlying health issues or are over 70 and have not had 2 vaccinations for coronavirus, we ask that you please do not attend. When pollution picking please avoid busy areas, if you see somewhere is narrow or has people gathering there, move somewhere spacious such as Hackney Marshes.

6. Arrival

Please arrive at your allocated time. And be prepared to wait at a safe distance if you are early. We will use the car park at the Princess of Wales pub to form a physically distanced queue. We will the take temperatures of all volunteers with a non-contact thermometer.

7. Departure

We will give you a return time of 1.5 hours after you start to return your picking kit. That way we can make sure that there is a staggered return. If you would like to pick for the full 2 hours, make sure you book in the 10am slot.



The procedures below will be put in place to ensure that we operate our events in accordance with government guidelines and to make sure that we are running events safely for our team, our volunteers and the general public.

COVID-19 Hazards associated with works:

• Queues and groups of volunteers

• Contaminated equipment and kit

• Failure to maintain social distancing

• Contamination from sign-in process

• Contamination of event team members

• Lack of toilet facilities


• Volunteers will be required to pre-register for events by booking through Eventbrite. No drop-in volunteers will be accepted.

• Volunteers will be encouraged to walk, cycle or use private cars to travel to our events and avoid public transport.

• Volunteers will be told to dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes (trainers fine, no open toes). They will be told to bring own water, suncream, waterproofs, etc as needed depending on the weather.

• Volunteers will be asked to wear face coverings.

• Volunteers will be told ahead of time that there will be no toilet facilities available.

• Start and end times will be staggered in 5 minute slots.

• Anyone who has been asked to self-isolate, is in a high-risk group or displaying any symptoms within the last 14 days will be asked not to sign up.

• Volunteers displaying any symptoms on day of event will politely be asked to leave.

• Before volunteers arrive, PFH Team will disinfect and set up all equipment neatly where it can be collected safely whilst maintaining social distance.

• When volunteers arrive, PFH Team will directing them to the welcoming/sign-in point, welcome them from a safe distance, remind them of social distancing rules, ask them to sanitise hands and sign in.

• Volunteers will sign in on Eventbrite register, so will not have to sign anything with pen and paper.

  • Volunteers will be advised to stagger themselves sensibly whilst pollution picking - i.e. if they see somewhere is busy with people, move on to an emptier spot, eg Hackney Marshes.

• No personal belongings can be left with Plastic-Free Hackney. Volunteers need to take personal belongings with them on the pollution pick.

• When volunteers return they will be instructed where to put used kit/equipment.

• PFH Team will set up sanitising station and volunteers will be instructed to thoroughly disinfect hands with hand sanitiser after removing kit and before doing anything else (using phone, eating, smoking, etc).

• Volunteers will be asked to maintain social distance at the end of event.

• Volunteers will be asked to leave their bagged rubbish collections by the gated area where pollution picking kit is stored.

• PFH Team will disinfect all kit and pack away.


Underlying health condition (this corresponds with those instructed to get the flu jab each year on medical grounds)

• Chronic mild to moderate respiratory diseases

• Chronic hearth diseases

• Chronic kidney disease

• Chronic liver diseases (such as hepatitis)

• Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s, MND, MS or cerebral palsy

• Diabetes

• Weakened immune system as a result of certain conditions (treatments such as chemotherapy or medicines such as steroid tablets)

• Being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or over)

• Pregnant women

• Solid organ transplant recipients (extremely vulnerable people)

• People receiving chemotherapy (extremely vulnerable people)

• Renal dialysis patients (extremely vulnerable people)

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The Princess of Wales

146 Lea Bridge Road


E5 9RB

United Kingdom

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Plastic-Free Hackney is a not-for-profit campaign group committed to creating a cleaner and greener environment, starting right on our doorstep in Hackney. **Join Our Mailing List**

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