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Vehicle ban extended to protect popular forest
Published March 15, 2023 10.21am
An order banning vehicles at a popular location in County Durham has been extended for two years.
Celebrating County Durham's environmental champions
Published March 02, 2023 10.10am
A County Durham primary school and a festival focusing on the planet are among the winners of this year's County Durham Environment Awards.
Sweep surprise for dedicated resident
Published March 02, 2023 10.06am
A County Durham woman who has gone above and beyond for her community through her love of litter picking has been recognised in the sweep-est way.
We have received £3.1m to expand EV charging points
Published February 22, 2023 9.05am
A further 150 electric vehicle charging points are set to be installed across County Durham.
Join us for the Big Spring Clean
Published February 17, 2023 2.27pm
Litter Heroes from across County Durham are being invited to take to the streets and green spaces to join this year's Big Spring Clean.
Hefty bill for men convicted of waste offences
Published February 16, 2023 11.04am
Three County Durham men have been left with a combined bill of more than £3,500 after being convicted of waste offences.
Fly-tipper fined after being caught on CCTV
Published February 09, 2023 9.23am
A County Durham man has been ordered to pay out more than £700 after being caught dumping rubbish in a country road layby.
Fall in fly-tipping across County Durham
Published February 03, 2023 10.25am
Cases of fly-tipping continue to fall across County Durham.
Reminder of what goes where as part of Recycle Week
Published October 13, 2022 10.28am
Residents in County Durham are being reminded of what rubbish goes in which bin as part of Recycle Week.
County celebrating success at In Bloom awards
Published October 06, 2022 9.09am
A city, towns and villages are celebrating after winning honours in a regional contest which recognises areas being kept colourful and inviting to residents and visitors alike.
County Durham to have more electric vehicle charging stations
Published August 26, 2022 9.22am
County Durham will be one of nine areas to benefit from a £20 million scheme to improve electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure.
Prestigious accolades for council's environmental projects
Published July 01, 2022 10.08am
The largest local authority in the North East is celebrating rounds of success after being recognised three times for its work to tackle climate change.
Sprucing up Durham City
Published June 22, 2022 9.20am
Durham City's riverbank has been spruced up as part of an annual project to keep the city tidy.
Council reveals new plan for net zero by 2030
Published June 16, 2022 12.04pm
The largest local authority in the North East has reviewed its climate change targets to produce an even more ambitious plan to achieve net zero in less than a decade.
Council sets out new targets to tackle climate change
Published June 07, 2022 3.35pm
A new set of ambitious climate targets are to be discussed by councillors, as we prepare to outline our next steps to achieving net zero.
Man fined for dumping waste over neighbour's wall
Published May 06, 2022 12.13pm
A County Durham man has been ordered to pay over £800 after he was caught throwing rubbish over his neighbour's wall.
Electric vehicle car hire launches in County Durham
Published April 14, 2022 9.16am
Residents in County Durham can now hire an electric vehicle for the day, as part of a new car club service.
Community wildlife park receives Chairman's Medal
Published April 11, 2022 9.24am
A County Durham wildlife park has been recognised for its commitment to the local environment.
Thousands of County Durham homes to receive energy efficiency improvements
Published March 31, 2022 9.27am
A North East council has secured £10 million in funding to help housing associations make major energy efficiency improvements to their properties.
Councillors to be asked to declare ecological emergency
Published March 29, 2022 3.25pm
Councillors will be asked to declare an ecological emergency in County Durham as part of plans to do more to stop the decline of wildlife and natural habitats.