Welcome to the website of the Litter Action Group for Ealing Residents, better known as LAGER Can, proud winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2021

About LAGER Can

LAGER Can – the Litter Action Group for Ealing Residents – was founded in 2017 by Keith Freegard, then a resident of Hanwell. Membership has climbed to 2,000 and continues to grow.

In 2021 we were honoured to receive a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The award was collected by Keith and LAGER Can Chair Cathy Swift in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey. A highlight of 2023 was meeting HM King Charles III during his visit to Ealing.

Our primary goal is to make the London Borough of Ealing’s open spaces cleaner and greener. To achieve this we work with our partners at Ealing Council, Thames 21 and the Canal & River Trust as well as businesses, schools and youth groups. Do contact us if you’d like to get involved.

We have supervised volunteer litter picking by well over 200 Duke of Edinburgh award silver and bronze award students from all over the UK, and in 2023 we supervised our first gold level award students.

River Brent clean-upHaving achieved Thames 21 River Action Group Status in March 2022, we’re working hard with Clean Up the River Brent (CURB) to keep our waterways clear of rubbish and and free from invasive species. We have cleaned the River Brent throughout its course in the London Borough of Ealing, and up-river in the neighbouring borough of Brent. 

LAGER Can is a very active group, with volunteers working every day independently or in groups, removing thousands of bags of rubbish, recyclables and piles of unbaggable items from our open spaces. We’re often in the local news, and you can keep up to date via our blog and our dashboard – this gives a real-time update on our grime-fighting activities in numbers.

However, we don’t simply pick up rubbish. We’re keen to change the behaviours that lead to littering and fly-tipping. In addition to reporting hundreds of flytips, we regularly provide targetted intelligence to Ealing Council to enable them to prosecute flytippers.

We also believe that an environment that looks cared for is less likely to become littered and fly-tipped. To this end, and working in partnership with Ealing Park Rangers, Ealing Wildlife Group and others, we have carried out grounds maintenance and planting projects to regenerate previously abused sites, notably at Horsenden Hill West and Grove Farm. We are grateful for the support we regularly receive from GoodGym Ealing and Green S Welfare.


LAGER Can provide equipment, guidance and support to anyone living in the London Borough of Ealing who cares enough about littering and fly-tipping to want to help clean it up! LAGER Can members report a sense of satisfaction and improvements to their physical and mental health, as they work outdoors with like-minded people towards a shared goal. 


See the Join us tab for information about how to get involved.

If your school or youth group would like our help with occasional or regular litter picking please contact our Outreach Officer.

We’ve welcomed more than 200 Duke of Edinburgh bronze, silver and gold award students. Please contact our DofE Coordinator here.


Keep in touch with LAGER Can on our blog and on our news page.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@CanLager) and Instagram (@lagercanealing).

Our Instagram page was set up and is maintained by our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers.