London Borough of Croydon

What is a Street Champion?

The Street Champions are a network of residents who have volunteered to improve the environment in our local area. Champions are local people who work alongside us, Croydon Council, and our partners to encourage their fellow residents and businesses to recycle more, manage their waste responsibly and reduce instances of environmental crime. 

We want to take pride in Croydon and helping the planet. To do this we need more Street Champions to get involved and join us in making a difference.

What does a Street Champion do?

  • Act as our eyes and ears to help make Croydon one of the cleanest, greenest boroughs in London.
  • Reports environmental crimes such as fly-tipping and littering via the Don’t Mess With Croydon phone app or via
  • Organises community clean-ups and litter picks.
  • Takes before, during and after images of community clean-ups and litter pick events.
  • Supports neighbours to keep their front gardens tidy.
  • Identifies local businesses that need educating on how to dispose of waste and recycling responsibly.
  • Attends meetings with fellow residents, street champions and council representatives.
  • Reports back to the Street Champions coordinator on their activity i.e. litter picks reports and engagement with other residents.

What support do Street Champions receive?

We can help you with the following:

  • Help to organise community clean-ups and litter picks.
  • Assistance with land searches.
  • Advice on health and safety, risk assessments and preventative methods to reduce environmental crimes. (For more information on this, please read page 6 of Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘The Great British Spring Clean 2019’.)
  • Providing equipment and materials for clean-ups, including litter pickers, brooms, gloves and bags.
  • Removing all agreed waste collected on community clean-ups.
  • Advice on supporting neighbours to keep their front gardens tidy.
  • Advice on educating local businesses on how to dispose waste and recycling responsibly.
  • Sharing good news about successful clean-ups on social media.
  • Arranging quarterly meetings with the Street Champions and council representatives to discuss future clean-ups.

Schools and youth groups

If you are a school or youth group that wishes to organise a litter pick in the borough, please get in touch with us on We can loan equipment and provide advice for your events.

Find out more

Find out more about the Street Champions by downloading our guide, featuring more tips and advice on organising clean-ups and litter picks.

If you have any further questions please contact the team on / 0208 726 6200 / 07825 103788.

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0208 726 6200
07825 103788


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