Help us look after County Durham and make the most of where you live with news about our local environment including heritage and countryside projects, litter, dog fouling and fly tipping campaigns, and energy reduction schemes.
Environment news RSS Feed
Unlicensed scrap dealer successfully prosecuted
Published June 12, 2018 12.01pm
An unlicensed scrap metal dealer who drove off when his vehicle was approached by one of our wardens and was stopped by police has been left hundreds of pounds worse off.
Celebrating 100 years of the RAF in flowers
Published June 11, 2018 9.39am
One hundred years of the Royal Air Force (RAF) are celebrated in a new floral display in Durham City.
Energy reduction project cuts the costs for local business
Published June 05, 2018 11.57am
A County Durham business is set to make significant savings after reducing its energy costs with help from a council-led project.
Counting the cost of not helping with fly-tipping enquiries
Published June 04, 2018 12.22pm
Two men who failed to comply with an investigation into fly-tipping have been left hundreds of pounds worse off.
Record year for Big Spring Clean
Published May 22, 2018 8.48am
Thousands of residents across Durham and Darlington have given up their free time to take part in the most successful Big Spring Clean campaign to date.
Clean up at Horden's numbered streets proves a success
Published May 08, 2018 2.55pm
A multi-agency operation to clean up part of a County Durham village has proved a major success, with 37 tonnes of rubbish, 30 fridge freezers and 11 TVs removed to date.
Failing to help with fly-tipping enquiries costs man £1,000
Published April 23, 2018 2.24pm
A man has been left more than £1,000 worse off after failing to comply with a fly-tipping investigation.
Tackling green issues at Dean Bank
Published April 16, 2018 3.00pm
Residents in a County Durham village are joining forces with our workers to tackle green issues.
Nature reserve fly-tipper successfully prosecuted
Published April 13, 2018 2.01pm
A man who was caught on camera fly-tipping at a National Nature Reserve has been ordered to pay hundreds of pounds and carry out unpaid work.
Unlicensed scrap metal dealers pay the price
Published March 29, 2018 3.30pm
Two men who brought scrap metal to a County Durham yard without licences have been ordered to pay hundreds of pounds each.
Chester's Best competition returns for second year
Published March 29, 2018 8.37am
Budding gardeners in Chester-le-Street are being encouraged to showcase their skills in a competition which aims to create a more attractive environment within the town.
Dog owner fined for failing to update microchip
Published March 26, 2018 1.26pm
A County Durham woman has been left more than £600 out of pocket after failing to update the microchip details for her dog.
Summer opening hours for Household Waste Recycling Centres
Published March 23, 2018 11.52am
Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in County Durham will soon be switching to summer opening hours.
Sponsorship Opportunities available for Environment Awards
Published March 22, 2018 12.21pm
Sponsors are now being sought for the 29th County Durham Environment Awards.
Support for flood prevention scheme
Published March 20, 2018 10.37am
Strong public support has been given to a proposed £6.2 million flood prevention scheme for Chester-le-Street.
Drop-in to give your views on flood defence scheme
Published January 31, 2018 12.55pm
Residents and businesses can have their say on a proposed £6.2 million flood prevention scheme for Chester-le-Street at an event next week.
Spruce Up arrives in Coundon
Published January 25, 2018 3.06pm
Adults with learning disabilities and schoolchildren are helping to Spruce Up a County Durham village.
Woman caught fly-tipping left counting the cost
Published February 13, 2017 3.36pm
A County Durham woman has been left hundreds of pounds worse off and with a criminal record after being caught fly-tipping.
Environmental champions celebrated
Published November 11, 2016 10.13am
A newly restored park, a primary school gardening club and a heritage coast festival - they're just some of the projects recognised in an annual celebration of environmental achievements.
Still time to comment on County Durham Plan
Published August 01, 2016 11.41am
A major consultation on the County Durham Plan closes next week and people are being urged to make sure they have their say before 8 August.