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Due to essential maintenance, the following systems will be unavailable from 6.00pm on Monday 2 October until 8.00am on Tuesday 3 October: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit services, and our welfare assistance form. You will also not be able to register to pay council tax online, make a change of address for council tax or cancel single person discount. You are still able to make a payment during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tidy Ted

Tidy Ted is our anti-litter mascot. He visits young people in primary schools, nurseries and Family Hubs to help explain the problems of litter to young people.

Tidy Ted Star Jumping

Tidy Ted school assemblies

The Tidy Ted school assembly helps to explain what litter is and encourages children to think about the effects of littering on the environment and how they can be part of the solution. The assembly can be followed by an optional litter pick. The assembly is suitable for Key Stage 1 pupils (aged five to seven years).

Tidy Ted story sack

The story of Tidy Ted and the litter pickers uses interactive puppets to follow the lives of woodland animals living in a littered forest. The tale explains how they take steps to clean up the mess and how Tidy Ted comes out of hiding to take a job with the council, visiting schools and cleaning up the streets. The session is suitable for reception classes and years 1 and 2. The Tidy Ted story sack is also available for nursery schools and One Point Children's Centres.

Arrange a visit

If you would like to book Tidy Ted to visit your school for an assembly, or story sack, please contact us.


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