Clean Streets Big Tidy

Big Tidy is part of the Council's Bristol Clean Streets campaign to bring the sparkle back to our streets.

Our Big Tidy crews are working in neighbourhoods across Bristol to tackle issues such as littering, tagging, fly-tipping and fly-posting, and overgrown areas of vegetation.

Our dedicated teams will be carrying out tasks such as:

  • Jet washing pavements and walls
  • Removing tagging
  • Cutting back overgrown paths to improve accessibility
  • Cleaning benches, bins, and bollards to remove tagging and stickers
  • Replacing bins that are no longer fit for purpose
  • Litter picking
  • Cracking down on littering, fly-tipping and tagging with additional enforcement

Keep an eye out for the Big Tidy teams as we bring the campaign to streets across Bristol. Locations are selected for the Big Tidy based on data including the local environmental quality survey, quality of life survey, fly-tips removed, litter tonnages and reporting.

Our street cleansing crews will be working alongside community engagement and enforcement teams to ensure our streets stay sparkling, and we'll be returning to each area throughout the year to monitor and remove litter, fly-tipping and tagging.

The Big Tidy crew with a street sweeper vehicle.

Where is the Big Tidy taking place?

So far, the Big Tidy has brought the sparkle back to streets in Lawrence Hill, Easton, Eastville, Filwood, Hartcliffe, Withywood, Hengrove and Whitchurch Park, Avonmouth, Lawrence Weston, Cotham, Southmead, central Bristol, St Pauls and Ashley. The Big Tidy are currently working in Bishopston and Ashley Down and the next locations to be visited by the crew are Southville and Bedminster. Keep checking back as we announce new areas!


Join in with a Big Tidy Pledge!

Volunteers litter picking
Keeping our streets clean and green is a community effort, so we're inviting everyone to join in by making a Big Tidy pledge to bring the sparkle back to their street. We're also inviting businesses across Bristol to make the Big Tidy business pledge here.

We appreciate that during the current restrictions, some of the original Big Tidy pledges that involved being outdoors may not be realistic or achievable. Luckily there are still plenty of pledges you can make whilst staying safe, make a pledge now to see ideas!


Make the Big Tidy pledge!


The Big Tidy and COVID-19

The essential work of our Big Tidy crew continues, as does their commitment in these difficult circumstances to helping Bristol waste nothing and to keep the streets clean and free from litter.

Let’s help them out and show we all love where we live by doing all we can whilst following current government Covid-19 guidelines. The Big Tidy pledge page has lots of ideas for pledges you can make to help bring the sparkle back to your street whilst following the government guidelines for social distancing. 

You can also encourage other people make pledges of their own by talking to people online about keeping Bristol clean and green. The easiest way to reach people is by using the hashtags #BigTidy and #BristolCleanStreets on social media to tell everyone about your pledge (posts with photos are even better!)


Big Tidy Resources

Handy resources to help you get started with your Big Tidy pledge.

Request a litter picking pack from Bristol Waste - litter picking kits are not currently available.

Report a street that needs cleaning to Bristol City Council

Report flytipping to Bristol City Council

For businesses: recycling information

Report graffiti or flyposting to Bristol City Council

For businesses: your commercial waste duty of care


Big Tidy Results

Take a look at what we've been up to since launching the Big Tidy in October 2019:

  • 500+ streets, footpaths and bridges sparkling again
  • 2,227 walls, bridges, benches and bollards cleared of tagging
  • 200+ fly-tips cleared and investigated
  • 388 legal notices and warnings issued
  • 3,000+ residents and businesses engaged
  • 450+ Big Tidy pledges made (thank you!)

A photo of an overgrown path next to a photo of the same path cleared. A photo of school gates covered in graffiti next to a photo of the same gates clean and newly painted. A photo of an abandoned car next to a photo showing the car has gone.