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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.
Money generated from sale of vehicles used in flytipping incidents to help improve local communities
Published January 18, 2021 10.15am
Areas blighted by flytipping could receive hundreds of pounds in funding towards environmental projects thanks to a new scheme.
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.
Council praised for its climate action plan
Published December 01, 2020 11.49am
A North East council has been praised for having one of the top climate change action plans in the country.
Helping households make savings on their energy bills
Published August 28, 2020 11.29am
County Durham residents struggling with high energy bills can use a council service to assess where savings can be made.
Takeaway receives support to reduce carbon footprint
Published August 25, 2020 12.07pm
A County Durham food business has worked to reduce its carbon footprint with the help of a scheme to make businesses more energy efficient.
Entries open for 31st Environment Awards
Published August 07, 2020 2.15pm
A prestigious County Durham award, which celebrates groups and individuals who are championing a greener environment, is looking for entrants for its 31st award ceremony.