Welcome to OxClean

OxClean is an Oxford Civic Society initiative dedicated to keeping Oxford clean and tidy all year round – ensuring that our beautiful city is a welcoming and pleasant place for people to live, work and visit. We work in partnership with Oxford City Council, The Oxford Times and local community groups and schools.

We have achieved a great deal but there is still much work to be done while litter continues to be dropped, blown around and to accumulate in our streets and public places.

We tackle the problem with a range of activities which increase litter awareness and personal responsibility. We lobby the City Council and other organisations to improve facilities and services.

The dates for OxClean's Spring Clean 2017 are Friday 3 , Saturday 4  and Sunday 5 March
Success at the OCVA Volunteer and Charity Awards.

Oxford Civic Society is delighted to announce that at the recent (May 2016) annual OCVA Volunteer and Charity Awards Ceremony Rosanne Bostock was presented with The Oxfordshire Volunteer of the Year Award for her tireless work with OxClean. Rosanne spearheads OxClean's Litter Picking campaign and is the driving force behind the Oxford Annual Spring Clean which takes place each March.

Rosanne Bostock receives OCVA award

It was Rosanne’s inspiration that led OCS to support her in starting the first OxClean Spring Clean in 2007. This year, just 9 years later, over 1000 volunteers collected more than 70 tons of litter from ‘grot spots’ (streets, banks and parkland) across Oxford.

Rosanne’s experience of keeping Oxford clear of litter led to her involvement with this year’s national campaign in support of the Queens 90th birthday celebrations, Clean for the Queen, which was held in coordination with OxClean’s Spring Clean over the first weekend in March. The event was such a success it is to become a regular annual event. Rosanne will be on hand to provide guidance.

As well as running the annual Spring Clean Rosanne and her colleagues work all year round encouraging local litter picking groups, providing guidance and equipment to make their event safe and fun for all those involved. Rosanne also visits schools speaking to children encouraging them not to drop rubbish and explaining the importance of keeping their surroundings free from litter.

Rosanne, please keep up your great work!

Spring Clean

We co-ordinate annual Spring Cleans. In 2016, over 80 Groups from across the city took to the streets, public spaces and grotspots and cleaned up a large quantity of litter.

See our photo gallery for pictures and these two videos on Youtube: (1) That's Oxford TV covers the launch and (2) ARY TV News with East Oxford's Faith Community Group.

Year Round Litter Picks

We supply equipment and guidance in support of people who want to carry out litter picks at any time of the year.

Schools’ Anti-Litter Campaign

We raise awareness of the benefits of a litter-free environment to encourage pupils not to drop litter in or out of school.


We lobby the City Council, other District Councils and the County Council about improving facilities and services which will lead to a cleaner, litter free Oxford.

Poster Campaigns

We encourage the display of posters and roundels on community notice boards, in retail outlets, cars, buses and black cabs.  We can supply copies of each item, as required - please email us, to enquire.

In Partnership with:

Oxford Streets

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Oxford Civic Society

Supporters of:

Clean for the Queen
Keep Britain Tidy
Great British Spring Clean
Clean up the World
Clean Up Britain
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