We want to congratulate you for choosing to participate in a Clean Up Kenya organized event. By choosing to participate you are helping us empower the dream of litter-free communities and your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Here are some guidelines to help you have an awesome time and to ensure your safety and that of your fellow volunteers:

  1. All volunteers must wear closed-toe, flat-heeled shoes. No sandals or flip-flops or high heels. High-topped shoes or gumboots are recommended if working in wet conditions.
  2. Vehicles must park completely off paved areas and be at least six feet from any traffic lane. If this is not possible and your site has a shoulder, then use a drop-off and pick-up arrangement instead. Or, enter and exit your site on foot from locations that allow you to face oncoming traffic. If there is paid parking, use this instead. Be aware that Clean Up Kenya is not responsible for the safety of your car.
  3. The clean up will have Traffic Marshals, Stewards, Team Leaders, Security Marshals, First Aiders, Community Mobilizers, Child Safeguarding Marshals, in easily identifiable reflector jackets.
  4. Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated. Drink plenty of water. To encourage volunteers to use reusable water bottles, Clean Up Kenya does not provide bottled water at our events. In some cases we provide water refill stations. It is therefore important that you carry your own water.
  5. Volunteers are encouraged to come with a draw string bag or a light backpack to store their valuables while engaged in the cleanup. Avoid coming with luggage or heavy backpacks to cleanups as there may be no place to store your property. Clean Up Kenya is not responsible for any loss and damage to any properties.
  6. If you are issued with any tools to be used in the cleanup, it is your responsibility to ensure the tools are returned after the cleanup. You will be asked to pay for a new tool if you lose it.
  7. Even though designated first aid persons may be available, if you are injured while picking up litter, you should take appropriate steps to arrange for your own medical care as a private individual. Clean Up Kenya or any of its appointed local organizers are not responsible or liable for providing, arranging, or paying for medical services or attention. Volunteers serve at their own risk.
  8. You should limit your litter cleanup activities as directed by the team leaders, i.e. to clean areas adjacent to the road. Do not go onto private property. Respect private property. Do not go onto any properties posted with ‘Private Property or No Trespassing’ Do not go onto property behind fences or gates. If you are asked to leave an area by someone claiming to be a property owner, please leave the area.
  9. Try as much as possible to work within sight of other volunteers. If you notice anything fishy among other volunteers such as use of drugs or a case of child neglect or abuse, you MUST bring this to the attention of a Team Leader.
  10. All litter items should be placed in provided gunny bags, if possible, and bags must be tied securely shut. Please stack all bags at the designated location for pick up by the County or any designated pick up organization.
  11. Be aware of motorized traffic in the area at all times. When walking or working in areas where motor vehicles are passing or where heavy equipment is being used, walk facing oncoming traffic.
  12. As volunteers, you need to apply reasonable precaution and care when picking up litter. Use common sense if you encounter something that may seem out of the ordinary. Do not handle the item and contact your Team Leader.
  13. All Clean Up Kenya sanctioned cleanups MUST end by midday. If the weather begins to show signs of raining or a thunderstorm, end the cleanup immediately.
  14. Pictures and videos will be taken during the cleanup by a designated photographer which may be used by Clean Up Kenya and her partners in our work. By attending a Clean Up Kenya sanctioned event, you consent to your picture being taken and used by Clean Up Kenya or her partners in accordance with our filming and photography policy.
  15. In some cases we provide volunteers with T-shirts and when we do this we use the doctrine of first come first served. We encourage with prior arrangements for groups to come in their own branded t-shirts and where this is allowed we hope it is not used as a marketing or public relations gimmick. Groups that attempt this kind of behavior will be asked to leave.
  16. In most cases we provide refreshments for volunteers during cleanups. These refreshments come in primary packaging (such as bread, soda and milk) and are deemed to be manufacturer and retailer safe for volunteers. If you are allergic to the refreshment that are provided it is your sole duty to declare this to organizers. We do not do meals since there may be cases of food poisoning. In some cases, more volunteers come than was budgeted for. If this becomes the case and you miss out on refreshments, please understand.
  17. Note that any criminal activity during cleanups such as child abuse or neglect, fighting, verbal abuse, use of alcohol or illegal drugs, theft and any other activity that may threaten your safety and that of other volunteers, this will immediately be reported to the relevant authorities.
  18. Volunteers are encouraged to interact with others and make friendships. However treat everyone you meet at the cleanup as a stranger and avoid entrusting them with your property, including volunteers who may have additional responsibilities such as Traffic Marshals, Stewards, Team Leaders, Security Marshals, First Aiders, Community Mobilisers, Child Safeguarding Marshal, among others. Clean Up Kenya will not be liable for any misconduct resulting from interactions of strangers.
  19. Finally we don’t charge any fees for volunteers to participate in our cleanups. If anyone reaches out to you to ask you pay a fee kindly email info@cleanupkenya.org
  20. VOLUNTEERS MUST NOT: • Use or possess illegal drugs or alcohol during a cleanup • Do not bring any weapons to a cleanup. Pick up trash on bridges, on overpasses or in tunnels • Pick up what appears to be hazardous material (notify your Team Leader if you encounter hazardous objects or holes, electric wires and other hidden obstacles in the ground) • Attempt to squeeze bags to make room for more trash (injuries from broken or jagged objects can result from this practice) • Get into water bodies since there may be animals such as crocodiles or hippos which may harm volunteers

Updated on 1st March 2023