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Big Spring Clean


Join in with this year's Big Spring Clean.

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Following the cancellation of Keep Britain Tidy's Great British Spring Clean campaign, our Big Spring Clean 2021 has been postponed due to Covid-19.

Working with LitterFree Durham, Big Spring Clean is our annual community litter picking campaign. 

Last year 187 litter picks took place as part of the campaign and 3,318 bags of rubbish were collected by 2,215 volunteers who gave up a total of 5,202.5 hours of their own time.

Organise your own litter-pick outside of the campaign

We support individuals, organisations and community groups who would like to organise their own litter picks throughout the year. Our  Icon for pdf Litterpicking Volunteer Guidelines (PDF, 291.2kb)  will help you to determine what level of support we can offer. Please contact us for further details.

Help keep your area tidy

  • Always put litter in a bin.
  • Recycle where possible.
  • Do not throw litter from cars/vehicles as this affects our roads, countryside and natural habitats for wildlife.
  • Encourage children, friends and family to put their litter in a bin or take their rubbish home with them.
  • Remember; dropping litter is an offence and is enforced by a £150 (maximum) and £65 (minimum early payment) Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN).

Report litter

Litter not only blights the environment and makes areas look untidy; it also affects natural habitats and wildlife. Big Spring Clean encourages and supports residents, businesses and volunteers to organise litter pick activities or events to help tidy their village or town. 

Further information

We run this campaign every spring in partnership with LitterFree Durham and Darlington Borough Council.

Please see our Support for the community to improve the environment or Civic Pride team pages for information on how we can support other environmental projects in your area.

Contact us
Litterfree Durham
03000 261 000