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 TRAIL CLEAN TOOLKIT! 

DIY! - tRAIL CLEAN TOOLKIT

 

For stepping up to lead your own trail clean! Trash Free Trails is a community movement, driven by people like you and we can’t thank you enough for joining our cause.

Organising your own trail clean is as easy as ABC and to make it as enjoyable as possible we've created our. step by step, 'trail clean toolkit' to break each stage down into, easily digestible, bite-size chunks. And, REMEMBER, if in doubt,  just start small and K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid)!

 

From this moment on, please remember that whatever your trail clean looks like; YOU are incredibly inspiring. The simple fact that you are willing to donate your time, talent and passion to bring your friends together to protect your trails sends a powerful, positive message. 

 

Our trail cleans are positive, proactive and fun community events that bring riders, runners & roamers together to learn more about; plastic pollution on our trails, the impact that it's having upon the health of our wild places and, most importantly,  what we can do to protect their trails our own ways.

 

We’ve created our ‘trail clean toolkit’ to guide you, step by step, through the process of delivering a safe, impactful and enjoyable (for you too!) trail clean. 

 

If it’s highlighted it’s an essential requirement for us to register it as an official trail clean 

For everything else there's #minitrailclean

 

Bitesize chunks. One at a time.

 

Insurance 

 

ABC

 

LET US KNOW :)

THANK YOU :)

 STEP BY STEP 

 NOT 'JUST' A LITTER PICK! 

RULES OF THE ROAD

  1. STEP-UP - Before you dive into the planning here are a few things we remind ourselves of to make sure things stay fun!

    1. TAKE YOUR TIME - It can take a little longer than you’d expect to run your own trail clean but it’s so worth it. Just have a little chat with yourself before committing.

    2. K.I.S.S (KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID!) -  Start small, try not to over commit. Maybe your first clean is just you and a few close mates. Do what you can and remember that is ALWAYS enough :)

    3. DIY IF YOU CAN - This isn’t just because we’re lazy, honestly! Firstly there’s just two of us for now and we might not be able to get things done as quickly as you need us to. But, MOST IMPORTANTLY, it’s because you already have everything you need in your heads, hearts (and sheds!).

 1. STEP-UP! 

  1. CHOOSE - Do you love it? How much does it need it? Ask your community!

  2. RECCE RIDE - Head out and gather evidence. Consider things like; photos, a good meet-up point, different trail clean routes, volunteer safety, nearest waste and recycling options (tip; this is all good stuff for ‘PROMO’ later on).

  3. CHOOSE A DATE & TIME What day, date and time is best? We find 12pm on weekends and 6pm on weekdays works well (tip; remember to factor in prep, set-up and packdow time so you’re not having a meltdown when your volunteers arrive!)

 2. LOCATION, LOCATION...

  1. LET THE LANDOWNERS/MANAGERS KNOW* - We don’t believe that you should have to ask permission to bring your community together to clean your trails*! But, manners don’t cost a thing, so we ask that you let the owners/managers of the land of your plans (they almost always want to get involved too!).

 

Follow these steps to put their minds at ease;

  1. WHO IS IN THE KNOW? From a Google search to a call to the nearest bike shop, try your best to get a name, number and email address of the person who can say “YAY” or “NAY”.

  2. CONTACT THEM - Face to face or a phone call is best. Run them through your plans and reasons (tip; DON’T call it an ‘event’ the ‘E’ word makes people nervous!)

  3. SEND THEM THE BUMPF - Head off any concerns they might have by sending them our ‘responsible trail clean’ documents. Download them HERE, add your info and send them over soon after speaking (please CC us in at trashfreetrails@outlook.com). 

 

  1. NOTIFICATION LETTER  - Fill in the gaps.

  2. RISK ASSESSMENT - Fill in the gaps and add any additional specific risks.

  3. METHOD STATEMENT -

  4. PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE - 

  5. WASTE DISPOSAL - You can ask them to help with this but the best bet is to have a pick-up of van and plan in a trip to the tip at the end! 

 

*IMPORTANT NOTES

  • To be covered by our public liability insurance you must complete all steps in this section. 

  • If you’re expecting hundreds of volunteers and/or planning to erect a giant tent you’ll need to gain permission from the landowner/manager before going ahead. Luckily this is always super easy too!

 3. LET LANDOWNERS KNOW* 

  1. RALLY YOUR CREW - We get by with a little help from our friends! Before you begin promoting your trail clean it’s really cool to put together a ‘support crew’. Just ASK :)

    1. FRIENDS & FAMILY - Tell them what you’re up to and why it’s important to you, you’ll be surprised by how inspiring it is.

    2. LOCAL BIKE SHOPS & INFLUENCERS - From spreading the word to hosting a post trail clean social these guys awesome allies for community rallying!

    3. CLUBS, SCHOOLS & OTHER TRAIL USER GROUPS - This can take a little more time but often brings incredible results. If you’re a parent that’s often the best place to start.

 4. RALLY YOUR CREW 

  1. PROMO - Now that the ‘paperwork’ is out of the way and you’ve rallied your ‘trail clean support crew’ it’s time to go into full promo mode. 

    1. SOCIAL MEDIA - DIGITAL KIT Use this, FB EVENT

    2. POSTERING - Spending a maybe someone will even give you some cakes

    3. STAY IN TOUCH - Communicate with vollies, get a conversation going, what to expect, what to bring personalised buckets and gloves, weather updates, meet-up updates.

 5.PROMOOOOOOOOO! 

  1. TRAIL CLEAN KIT-UP - DIY - We’ve decided that we’re not going to send out clean-up kits because we’re not comfortable with buying piles of cheap new bin bags, gloves, buckets, pickers etc (we’d also struggle to cope with all the picking and packing!). Especially because EVERYBODY already has all of these things buried somewhere at home*. 

    

    However it is cool to see our logo all over the place so why not make your ‘TFT trail clean kit’ using our stencil making kit

  1. GET CREATIVE - Download our stencil pack to ‘TFT-up’ your foraged buckets, sacks, carrier bags, table cloth, flag, old 80s rucksacks, signs etc etc etc (think Mad Max!)

  2. BYO - Ask your volunteers to bring their own kit (gloves, bags and buckets especially).

  3. ASK YOUR LOCAL - council and/or community groups. These guys often have clean-up kits available to borrow.


(*IMPORTANT NOTE - Please take (enough) hand sanitiser for everyone to use).

6. TRAIL CLEAN KIT-UP

  1. READY, STEADY - Aaaaaaaand breathe, night before, CAKE/SUP FREE SNACKS 

    1. Weather

    2. See you tomorrow everyone

    3. Sleep

 7.THE NIGHT BEFORE 

Charlotte and Evan. PR Ninjas - trash your time is up. We've gathered some facts about the PR Ninjas:
• Ninja don't eat or drink very much, and they never have to go to the bathroom.

• Go anywhere they want instantly
• Catch bullets in their teeth
• Can run 100 miles on their hands
• Train 20 hours/day starting from age 2
• Can hover for hours

 WHAT IS A TRAIL CLEAN? 

  1. WRAP-UP & REPORT

    1. RECORD 

    2. TELL THE TALE

    3. LET US KNOW!

  1. GO TIME

    1. BRIGHT & EARLY SET-UP, MEET, GREET, SIGN-IN, PHOTO PERMISSIONS?

    2. GEAR-UP, GATHER - Briefing, Special teams

      1. Rubbish Riders - Disclaimer and/or MTB guide qualifications

      2. Rubbish Roamers 

    3. TRAIL 

Below are some points outlining how a Spring Trail Clean Tour event will flow (there's so much more too!);

  • SIGN-IN, KIT UP & CHOOSE A TRAIL TO CLEAN (we'll also run a super fun clean-up on foot at the trail head).

  • TRASH TALK

  • BIG GROUP PHOTO & FILM

  • THE GRAND DEPART

  • RUBBISH RIDING 

  • BACK TO BASE

  • TRASH TALLY & RE-RECYCLING

  • RUBBISH REWARDS

  • HIGH 5s and CELEBRATORY DRINKS 

  • ASK FOR HELP

  • SOCIAL IN TRAIL CENTRE (*possible addition)1

  1. WRAP-UP - High 5s

 8. GO 

9. WRAP-UP & REPORT

Everything we do at TFT is about building a community of riders and trail users who feel empowered to take action to protect and enhance their trails in their own way. This begins and ends by spending time together, on our bikes, using our hands and hearts to protect what we love.

 10. RIDE!