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Pupils get eco-smart at climate change conference
Published October 27, 2021 9.27am
Pupils from County Durham primary schools have been working with environmental experts ahead of the COP26 annual UN climate change conference.
Helping to preserve Durham City's heritage
Published October 21, 2021 9.06am
A significant item of Durham City's heritage has been refurbished and enhanced for future generations to enjoy.
Public consultation on key planning document
Published October 19, 2021 9.07am
County Durham residents are invited to comment on a document that will play a key part in future planning decisions related to mineral working and waste development.
Collection points open in Spennymoor for unwanted small electricals
Published October 13, 2021 9.20am
Residents in Spennymoor can now recycle their small electrical items easily, following the opening of two collection points in the area.
Making electric vehicle charging points more accessible
Published October 01, 2021 10.03am
We are hosting an open event next week aimed at making electric vehicle charging points more accessible for those with disabilities.
Work begins to clear Durham City's river and paths
Published September 23, 2021 9.25am
Areas along Durham City's riverbanks will be cleared of debris as works begin this week to improve the area for visitors.
Heritage Open Days showcase diversity of County Durham's cultural offer
Published September 09, 2021 12.43pm
England's largest festival of culture and history returns this week, offering free access to some of County Durham's hidden gems.
Man left £700 worse off after his rubbish found in flytip
Published September 02, 2021 9.21am
A County Durham man has been ordered to pay more than £700 for failing to take steps which could have prevented a flytip that contained his rubbish.
Woman taken to court for failing to assist fly-tip investigation
Published August 09, 2021 9.09am
A woman has been fined for failing to comply with a council investigation into waste being dumped near a County Durham village.
Thousand pound fine for man's involvement in fly-tipping offence
Published August 05, 2021 10.43am
A County Durham man has been fined over £1,200 for his part in a fly-tipping offence and transporting controlled waste without a license.
Free training and funding for new woodlands
Published July 08, 2021 10.07am
Landowners, farmers and small holders can access a package of practical and financial support to increase tree coverage in areas of County Durham.
Coronavirus traffic measures removed from recycling centres
Published June 24, 2021 10.57am
Measures put in place to control traffic at Household Waste Recycling Centres at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic have been removed.
Council launches recycling points for small electricals
Published June 15, 2021 11.17am
Have a small electrical item collecting dust in your home? Residents in County Durham can now drop off unwanted electricals for recycling.
Woodland in County Durham to be increased in plan to tackle climate change
Published March 17, 2021 1.13pm
A North East council's Cabinet has heard today about the range of measures underway to expand County Durham's tree cover and contribute to tackling climate change.
Council reduces carbon emissions by 16 per cent in one year
Published March 11, 2021 1.32pm
A council's Cabinet will hear about the extensive work carried out in County Durham in the last year to combat climate change.
School creates hundreds of trees in world record attempt
Published March 11, 2021 1.08pm
A County Durham school has been taking part in a world record challenge to show the importance of connectivity between countries and raise awareness of climate change.
Prestigious Environment Awards go virtual
Published February 22, 2021 12.45pm
Organisers of an annual awards ceremony had to think on their feet to be able to celebrate environmental guardianship and community spirit during the coronavirus pandemic.
Council sets out further commitments towards the environment
Published February 03, 2021 11.07am
A North East council's commitment to tackling climate change will be strengthened by its senior Cabinet members this month with a pledge to address all its environmental impacts alongside its low carbon activities.
Community Action Team to carry out work in Shildon
Published January 20, 2021 11.01am
Housing and environmental issues will be tackled in a County Durham town as part of a three-month community action initiative.
Opportunity for people to plant trees in their area
Published December 02, 2020 11.48am
People hoping to make a difference to green spaces can plant trees in their area with the help of a new funding grant.