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No more rubbish excuses - three fined for flytipping
Published September 18, 2019 11.28am
A van driver who denied he had flytipped waste found behind his parked vehicle is facing a legal bill of more than £800.
Week of action targets empty homes in County Durham
Published September 16, 2019 10.39am
A week of action will take place in County Durham this month as we continue to crackdown on empty homes.
We are are super energy savers
Published September 09, 2019 1.58pm
Reducing carbon emissions and saving millions of pounds a year has earned us the title of super energy savers.
Recycling centre to close temporarily for maintenance
Published August 29, 2019 11.15am
A household waste recycling centre (HWRC) is to close for three days next month to allow for essential maintenance work.
West Auckland blossoming thanks to green-fingered volunteers
Published August 27, 2019 12.09pm
A newly established green group is already making an impact in its area thanks to additional funding.
Bishop Auckland Cemetery is looking its best after improvement works
Published August 23, 2019 11.15am
Environmental works have left a County Durham Cemetery cleaner, greener and more welcoming for visitors.
Seven prosecuted after failing to pay waste penalties
Published August 22, 2019 12.58pm
Failing to pay fixed penalties for ignoring requests to clear waste has left seven people a combined £5,000 worse off and with criminal convictions.
School pupils serve up mouth-watering plant displays
Published August 16, 2019 1.12pm
Pupils from six Durham schools are hoping their city-centre kitchen gardens will win over both restaurant customers and horticultural judges.
Funding to help businesses cut carbon emissions
Published August 15, 2019 10.06am
County Durham businesses will be able to access support to reduce their carbon footprint and save money thanks to a £1.5 million funding pot.
Empty homes council tax consultation launched
Published August 08, 2019 12.33pm
Changes to council tax charges in County Durham are being considered as a way of helping to bring long-term empty homes back into use.
Youth Justice Service receives award for investing in children
Published August 01, 2019 10.21am
A service which works with young people and helps prevent them from re-offending has been commended for including children and young people in its decision making.
Durham City welcomes Britain in Bloom judges
Published July 30, 2019 11.58am
Durham City is hoping for victory after a visit from the judges of a national horticulture competition.
Colourful wildflowers return to County Durham
Published July 26, 2019 1.11pm
A popular wildflower planting scheme is once again bringing a burst of colour to roadsides across County Durham.
Environment Awards deadline extended to mark 30th year
Published July 23, 2019 12.11pm
Nominations for a prestigious green awards which are in their 30th year can still be made following an extension of the deadline.