Help tackle litter in your local area and keep County Durham clean. Always place your litter in a bin (recycle where possible) or take it home. Please encourage your family and friends to do the same.
Report dropped litter
If you see dropped litter, please let us know where this has happened and any information about the incident, for example the type of litter, whether it's happened more than once and any other details you have. You can also upload relevant photos.
We will investigate and take the necessary action against the person who dropped the litter. We aim to respond to all litter reports by arranging for it to be cleaned up and / or arranging for an officer to patrol the areas in an effort to catch the offenders.
If you're caught dropping litter
If you are caught dropping litter, you may have to pay up to £150 - see Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for more information.
Dropping litter (such as paper, cans, cigarette ends/packets, chewing gum and food packaging) in a public place is an offence, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Report litter dropped from a rubbish lorry
If one of our rubbish lorries drops some rubbish, let us know.
Request a new litter bin or report damage to one
We provide litter bins throughout the county and empty them on a regular basis. You can use litter bins for both litter and dog waste.
- do not drop litter out of car/van windows as this can seriously affect highways, verges, the countryside and natural habitats for wildlife
- take litter home with you if you cannot find a public bin
- recycle where possible
- encourage children, friends, family and colleagues to get rid of litter correctly to keep County Durham clean and tidy.
We recognise the tremendous work that hundreds of our volunteers have contributed to during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to improve the environment and we would like to hear your stories.
We would like to find out how you have continued to improve your town and village, how volunteering has helped you during this challenging time, what the effect of the improvement has had on your community and what your future plans are.
As well as your story, please send up to four photographs, which should have been taken in the past twelve months. We ask that they be no more than 4MB in size and in JPEG format. Images should not be framed or contain watermarks.
Please send your stories and photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 21 June.
Please note that the information provided may be used for marketing purposes.
'Tidy Ted' - education and engagement
Our anti-litter mascot, Tidy Ted, also helps us to engage with children and educate about correct litter disposal.