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Big Spring Clean

Our popular community litter-pick campaign runs every spring in partnership with LitterFree Durham and Darlington Borough Council.

Big Spring Clean 2018

About the campaign

Every year we support LitterFree Durham's litter pick campaign. 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. 

2018 campaign

This year's campaign takes place from Monday, 19 February until Sunday, 15 April. Organise a litter-pick in your local area. Litter-pick sticks and bags will be provided free of charge and we will arrange to collect all bagged litter after each litter-pick takes place. Our Civic Pride team will also assist with health and safety advice beforehand to help keep your group safe.

To organise and register a litter-pick please contact us.

2017 campaign in numbers

This year's Big Spring Clean took place between Monday, 27 February and Sunday, 16 April. Residents, schools, community groups and businesses from County Durham and Darlington came together and carried out litter-picks to make a difference to their local environment:

  • 191 litter picks took place
  • 2,589 people took part
  • 3,381.5 volunteer hours contributed to the campaign
  • 2,865 bags of litter were collected in total.

Want to organise your own litter-pick outside of the campaign period?

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, 85.4kb)  will help you to determine what level of support we can offer. Please contact us for further details.

Want to 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

Further information

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

Contact us
Civic Pride
03000 26 0000
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Chilton Industrial Estate
  • Chilton
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL17 0SD
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