Safety is something that should always be part of your project. Be sure to take this sheet with you to your project site and review safety tips with all volunteers before the event.


  • Be sure to wear appropriate safety gear such as gloves, protective eyewear, and safety vests, if needed. Do not work in an area that is not safe.

  • Be aware of your worksite. Be alert for possible wildlife, cars, and pedestrians.  Always wear a safety vest and bright colored clothing when working in areas with a lot of vehicle traffic. Make sure to avoid contact with bees, ants, and poisonous plants, such as poison ivy.

  • Wear protective gloves anytime you are picking up debris. Do not pick up materials that could potentially be hazardous such as sharp objects or contaminated material. If you are concerned about an item,  please contact the non-emergency police number for North Charleston at 843-740-2800.


  • Do not go onto private property without the permission of the property owner.

  • Get help with lifting bulky and heavy items. Work with a partner. They can help you lift heavy items and make litter pickup more efficient. One of you can hold the bag while the other picks up the litter. 

  • Do not overfill bags of trash and debris. Pushing down on the tops of bags may cause injury if there are any sharp objects in the bags. 

  • Put tools and supplies away when not in use so as to avoid injury to yourself or others.


  • Be sure to take rest breaks and drink plenty of water.