One mans trash is another mans treasure

Why should we recycle – conserve resources, save energy, protect the environment, reduce landfill? Absolutely, but did you also know that by recycling stuff that we would normally through away, it can be converted into money to help those in need?

Nearly 3 years ago Andrew Wood set up the Herefordshire Recycling and Reuse group, he now has over 5,000 active Facebook members. They collect bottle tops and crisp packets, old cables and leads, all which can be sold on to be recycled and raise thousands of pounds for local charities. Clothing, bedding, toys & books, furniture including beds, sofas, chairs, fridge, cooker, microwaves all donated free to help create new homes for struggling families. The current pandemic has seen a surge in both the donations and the support needed for so many vulnerable people across Herefordshire. However collecting, and moving the furniture has become a real nightmare! Now Andrew has his own 100% recycled van!

Andrew Wood said “I am a solo worker and a volunteer. I’ve worked together with the team at Helping Hand on many projects over the years including sponsorship of a primary school as part of our Schools recycling project, making ‘Brummie bull’ as part of our Education programme and more. Their latest recycling project has left me truly speechless! Sadly we have a growing number of vulnerable people across Herefordshire who need our support – and now we will be able to do even more”.

Gavin James, Managing Director of The Helping Hand Company added “It is a great pleasure to see and support a local initiative that does so much for the environment while supporting those in need. Andrew it is a treat to be associated with”.

To read more about other Helping Hand Community Trust projects – we support please visit


New Editor in Chief for UK Litterpicking Groups

New Editor in Chief for UK Litterpicking Groups
I’m delighted to welcome Lindsay Richmond-Kearns as our new editor in chief and administrator for UK Litterpicking Groups Facebook Group.
As many of you are aware, Andrew Wood founded this group page 3 years ago and it has exceeded all expectations and more. A brilliant platform of passionate volunteers, sharing ideas & best practices – & that’s one thing that Lockdown 1, 2 or 3 has not been able to interrupt!
Along the way I have also set up a second group – Herefordshire Community Recycling And Reuse Group and it is here that I am now going to focus my energies.
Our paths will continue to cross & I am delighted to pass you all into the experienced, passionate & caring hands of Lindsay. Best wishes, Andrew
I am excited to be working with you all, some of whom I’ve enjoyed working with over the last 15 years since my days at Litter Watch and in my role at Helping Hand Environmental.
I look forward to making new friends and making a difference where we live everyday but for now keep safe & keep well – Lindsay x
Editor’s Blog – First Week In
Firstly, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank Andrew Wood (pictured) for founding UK Litterpicking Groups Facebook page. This group page works so well because it’s filled with awesome volunteers who have real life litter picking challenges, success stories, brilliant advice and lots of great litter picking questions.
It’s big shoes to fill but I’m definitely up for the challenge! And like you, I look forward to Andrew’s comments on future posts 😊
So, this is me, and I know what you are going to be thinking? What does Lindsay know about litter, volunteer litter picking or UK Litterpicking Groups?
Whilst I work for the best manufacturer of sustainable litter picking equipment in the World (I know I am biased) – what you might not know is have 15 years of volunteer litter picking experience under my belt – across all terrains (organising, running litter picks, as well as undertaking my own solo litter picks) and have been actively involved for 2 years’ on the UK Litterpicking Groups Page.
In my current role at Helping Hand, I work with key brands, litter heroes and environmental charities on a host of environmental campaigns to eliminate litter and support a circular economy. I’ve worked with/in front line local authority street cleansing, enforcement and recycling departments, as an environmental education consultant and ran my own anti-litter charity.
Members, I’m a volunteer at heart – I have faced the same challenges, pet hates and concerns about litter as you. I am concerned for our neighbourhoods, our planet and our future generations thats why litter pick and that’s why I want to help bring about change. I will continue to support and help members of UK Litterpicking Groups in any way I can 😊 thank you for all that you do and will do in your local communities.

Recycling volunteers collect over a ton of Plastic Bottle Tops

Helping Hand Environmental were delighted to hand over a ton of plastic bottle tops in support of a circular economy.

Thank you to our friends at Herefordshire Reuse & Recycling Group these plastic bottle tops which have been collected over the last 12 months from schools, volunteer litter picks and community collection sites across Herefordshire. Will now go off to be repurposed by our friends at Stormboard into 6 by 3 foot building boards to make refugee shelters in the Middle East.







Litter picking Guidance during #Lockdown3

Following the government announcement (Tuesday 5th January) of another national lockdown, we are all being asked to stay at home.
Stricter and legally enforceable rules on outdoor activity are now in place. There are prescribed reasons for being outdoors, which do include provision of voluntary and charitable services and for the purposes of exercise (but only once a day).
It not currently clear from the government’s guidance document whether volunteer litter picking, would be covered by either criteria – therefore, to keep everyone safe it is important to take a precautionary approach.
Please note: this guidance is purely for litter-picking activities in England from our friends at Keep Britain Tidy.
Should you wish to carry out volunteer litter picks or daily solo litter picks in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland – please contact our friends at Keep Scotland BeautifulKeep Wales Tidy or Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful for further regionally information and updates.
New Guidance Update: Keep Britain Tidy are asking all their KBT Ambassadors, volunteers and volunteers groups to pause any organised litter picking events until further notice.
Should you choose to pick up litter on your daily exercise, please ensure you do so safely and, in line with government guidance, you should only undertake outdoor activity as an individual, with one other person or with members of your own household/support bubble – while maintaining social distancing at all times, using a litter picker and wearing gloves at all times.
Should you need any further information or safer litter collection equipment, speak to our friendly team on 01531 635678 –  we’re here to lend a Helping Hand should you us.
Keep safe #LitterHeroes 🙏♻️

2021 Divisional Update

Our business remains open & ready to lend a Helping Hand.

To all our valued customers, front line services and #LitterHeroes – we’re here for you.

In these continued uncertain times with a new strain of COVID-19, our thoughts are with all who are being affected by the ongoing turmoil of the coronavirus pandemi.

In 2021, our business remains committed to being responsible for what we do, those we service and truly value the support you give in trading with us. Putting people at the centre of everything we do and following government guidelines, here at The Helping Hand Company we have been able to maintain all manufacturing lines of sustainable litter clearance tools across our facilities in Herefordshire.

The shelves are stocked, your favourite products available for immediate despatch ensuring priority delivery for front line services.

Our sales teams are working remotely from home to limit the potential spread of the virus. We have suspended all face to face visits, but your local sales manager and regional team is available virtually through Teams/Skype/What’s App, via email or at the end of a phone.

If you need sustainable litter picking equipment,  litter picking guidance, a support network, or just a friendly person to chat to – please do give us a call on 01531 635678.

Lastly, we wanted to take this opportunity to say, thank you for choosing to work or purchase from Helping Hand Environmental.  By buying British, you have helped continue to fly the flag for British design, innovation and manufacture with our 100% reusable range of sustainable litter picking equipment.

Please take care of yourselves and each other.

For now stay safe and well – we will get through this.


Carly Di Crescienzo
UK Sales Manager