Last year we trialled Neat Streets in London, to test whether playful design can tackle the copious amounts of litter found on London's second busiest street. In six months the campaign reduced littering by a whopping 26%, but will a similar approach work elsewhere? We're heading up to Manchester, where £7.5 million is spent on dealing with litter, fly-tipping and street cleansing each year, to find out.

81% of people in the north west say that seeing litter on the streets in their local area makes them feel angry and frustrated.

Between May - October 2016, we'll be linking up with #TrashTalkMCR to bring together a unique collaboration of local businesses and some creative thinking to test whether these interventions can clean up Oxford Street in Manchester. 

What's going on

#TrashTalkMCR will be testing a range of creative innovations to tackle littering. Keep an eye out around Oxford Street and Oxford Road for the famous Ballot Bin, the My Street is Your Street poster gallery and much more to come.


What can I do?

Be a hero. If you litter on the ground, like a newspaper or plastic bottle, put it in a nearby bin. If someone sees you doing it, they may think twice too! 

With thanks to

Our funders; McDonalds, INCPEN, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Costa, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Plastics Europe and the Packaging Federation. And support from Manchester City Council, environmental charity Groundwork, local residents and shopkeepers from the Oxford Road and Oxford Street area, and various sponsors.