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Dog owner who didn't pick up mess falls foul of the law
Published March 16, 2018 1.27pm
A dog owner who did not pick up after her pet has been left more than £200 worse off and with a criminal conviction.
Operation set to continue 'Sprucing Up' County Durham
Published March 15, 2018 1.53pm
A national award-winning environmental campaign in County Durham has been extended as a result of its overwhelming success.
Fight on food waste receives funding boost
Published March 13, 2018 9.56am
The war on food waste in County Durham has been given a major boost with the awarding of a grant worth more than £35,000.
Motorists warned of potential travel disruption
Published March 06, 2018 4.47pm
Motorists are being advised of potential disruption to their journeys amid localised surface water flooding in County Durham.
Litter heroes urged to take part in this year's Big Spring Clean
Published February 23, 2018 11.13am
Communities and volunteers across County Durham and Darlington are being urged to take part in the eleventh annual 'Big Spring Clean' litter-picking campaign.
Pest control team achieves European standard
Published February 23, 2018 9.38am
Bed bugs, rats, cockroaches, fleas and weevils - they deal with them all on a daily basis. And now our pest control team has become only the fourth in the country at a local authority to do so to a prestigious European standard.
Stainton Grove HWRC to be replaced with improved facility
Published February 21, 2018 4.00pm
We have unveiled plans to replace the Stainton Grove household waste recycling centre with an improved facility, providing a wider range of recycling facilities and making it easier to recycle household waste.
Pest control help for County Durham businesses
Published February 15, 2018 10.25am
Businesses in County Durham looking to tackle or avoid pest problems are being offered free help.
We win national award for Operation Spruce Up
Published February 12, 2018 3.29pm
We have clinched a prestigious national 'green' award for the second year in a row - thanks to Operation Spruce Up.
CCTV catches man fly-tipping garden waste near kennels
Published February 07, 2018 3.23pm
A man who was caught on camera fly-tipping garden waste near boarding kennels has been left counting the cost and with a criminal conviction.
Bloomin' marvellous Durham in running for national title
Published February 06, 2018 12.01am
Durham City is in the running for a prestigious national title in recognition of its bloomin' marvellous gardens.
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.
Tackling environmental and housing issues in Spennymoor
Published January 29, 2018 3.16pm
Environmental and housing issues in a County Durham town are to be addressed through a council initiative.
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.
Students set to learn the art of recycling
Published January 24, 2018 1.01pm
County Durham students will learn about the art of reuse and recycling thanks to a fashion and junk art project.
Sign up for garden waste collections
Published January 24, 2018 12.12pm
Residents in County Durham are being reminded to sign up to get their garden waste collected.
Vehicle overloaded with frozen curries lands driver and firm in court
Published January 19, 2018 4.31pm
Companies and drivers which overloaded their vehicles - including one full of frozen curries - are counting the cost after being ordered to pay hundreds of pounds in fines each.
We're in running for two national awards
Published January 12, 2018 2.51pm
We're in the running for two prestigious national awards in recognition of our work to spruce up towns and villages and support local businesses.
Crematorium recycling scheme raises thousands for charity
Published December 21, 2017 3.11pm
Two crematoria in County Durham have donated a total of £10,000 to local charities as a result of a share of surplus funds from a recycling scheme.
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.