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Give the places you ride a spring clean with Trash Free Trails

Riders picking up trash
(Image credit: Rich Baybutt)

Whether we're trail riding, on a gravel adventure, or just a jaunt to the local woods, litter-strewn trails and car parks spoil the high we get from riding in natural spots. But not only is this rubbish a buzz-kill as far as we're concerned, it can be a literal-kill for wildlife as well as polluting the environment as objects break into ever smaller pieces.

Fortunately, Trash Free Trails are here to help us keep our pristine places, erm, pristine. Its mission is to reduce the amount of litter blighting our wild places by 75 percent by 2025 and its annual Spring Trail Clean campaign, which is currently in full swing, is a big part of how rash Free Trails looking to do that.

A rider picking up litter

Spotted some litter on your ride? Chuck it in your pack and recycle if you can (Image credit: Rich Baybutt)

The ‘One Bag Challenge (opens in new tab)’ asks us all to fill a bag with trash found on the trails as often as we can. Once you've gathered your bag of trail junk, share a photo of your haul with Trash Free Trails via social media and they will add it to the ‘Bagometer’ on its website which shows the number of trash bags collected so far.

A team of litter pickers

Trash Free Trails will help you organize your own trail cleaning event (Image credit: Rich Baybutt)

Whatever the time of year, rather than trash/litter/rubbish (or as Trash Free Trails prefer to call it, ‘single-use pollution’) being someone else’s problem, Trash Free Trails encourage us all to ‘do it ourselves’. The Do It Ourselves Toolkit (opens in new tab) gives tips and guidance on removing litter as an individual, with a bunch of mates, and doing a complete area clean-up as a larger organized group. It also has online facilities for reporting the amount and nature of the rubbish collected, or even just entering the number of pieces of trash you count as you ride a particular route.

You can find much more information on how to get involved and the various campaigns that Trash Free Trails run throughout the year over at www.trashfreetrails.org.

Richard Owen
Editor, Bike Perfect

A seasoned journalist with over 20 years experience, Rich heads up the Bike Perfect team having previous been editor of What Mountain Bike magazine and written for MBUK, Bikeradar, Cycling Plus as well as many other magazines and websites. He’s been riding mountain bikes since the mid-nineties and mostly likes hitting flowy yet technical trails that point downhill. A jack of many trades, Rich has competed in cross-country, enduro and long distance events, not to mention also now adding gravel to his riding repertoire. Rich resides in North Devon and can mostly be found pedaling furiously around his local trails, or slightly further afield in the Quantocks, the Mendips or Exmoor. 


Rides: YT Jeffsy Uncaged 6, Canyon Spectral, Vitus Substance VR

Height: 175cm

Weight: 70kg