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Pupils help plant annual flower display
Published June 01, 2023 9.31am
Schoolchildren in County Durham have been involved in creating a floral annual display at one of Durham's most prominent roundabouts.
Record turnout for County Durham's Big Spring Clean
Published May 16, 2023 11.39am
It's been a record year for the Big Spring Clean in County Durham!
Man fined after his rubbish was found dumped in a country lane
Published May 16, 2023 10.00am
A County Durham man has been left with a bill of more than £1,400 after waste from his address was found fly-tipped on a country lane.
Man gets suspended prison sentence for waste offences
Published May 11, 2023 10.42am
A Wearside man whose van was involved in a fly-tipping incident near Stanley has been given a suspended prison sentence after we took him to court.
Five fined for waste offences
Published April 28, 2023 12.34pm
Five people from County Durham have been left with a combined bill of more than £3,500 after being convicted of waste offences.
More road sweepers brought in to keep County Durham clean and tidy
Published April 25, 2023 10.22am
The North East's largest council has bolstered its road sweeping fleet in order to keep communities clean and tidy.
Man fined for dumping rubbish outside home
Published April 13, 2023 10.13am
A County Durham man has been fined after dumping commercial waste outside the back of his home.
Reminder of what goes where as part of Recycle Week
Published October 13, 2022 10.28am
Residents in County Durham are being reminded of what rubbish goes in which bin as part of Recycle Week.
County celebrating success at In Bloom awards
Published October 06, 2022 9.09am
A city, towns and villages are celebrating after winning honours in a regional contest which recognises areas being kept colourful and inviting to residents and visitors alike.
County Durham to have more electric vehicle charging stations
Published August 26, 2022 9.22am
County Durham will be one of nine areas to benefit from a £20 million scheme to improve electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure.
Prestigious accolades for council's environmental projects
Published July 01, 2022 10.08am
The largest local authority in the North East is celebrating rounds of success after being recognised three times for its work to tackle climate change.
Sprucing up Durham City
Published June 22, 2022 9.20am
Durham City's riverbank has been spruced up as part of an annual project to keep the city tidy.
Council reveals new plan for net zero by 2030
Published June 16, 2022 12.04pm
The largest local authority in the North East has reviewed its climate change targets to produce an even more ambitious plan to achieve net zero in less than a decade.
Council sets out new targets to tackle climate change
Published June 07, 2022 3.35pm
A new set of ambitious climate targets are to be discussed by councillors, as we prepare to outline our next steps to achieving net zero.
Man fined for dumping waste over neighbour's wall
Published May 06, 2022 12.13pm
A County Durham man has been ordered to pay over £800 after he was caught throwing rubbish over his neighbour's wall.
Community wildlife park receives Chairman's Medal
Published April 11, 2022 9.24am
A County Durham wildlife park has been recognised for its commitment to the local environment.
Thousands of County Durham homes to receive energy efficiency improvements
Published March 31, 2022 9.27am
A North East council has secured £10 million in funding to help housing associations make major energy efficiency improvements to their properties.
Councillors to be asked to declare ecological emergency
Published March 29, 2022 3.25pm
Councillors will be asked to declare an ecological emergency in County Durham as part of plans to do more to stop the decline of wildlife and natural habitats.
Sharing ideas on how to become carbon neutral
Published March 15, 2022 10.27am
We hosted an event with international partners to share information on how to improve ways to get more businesses to become carbon neutral.
Council branches out with boost for tree teams
Published March 01, 2022 9.16am
A North East Council is redoubling its efforts to protect, maintain and expand its tree cover.