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Litter pickers needed for "Big Spring Clean" in County Durham

Photo: Durham County Council

Communities and volunteers across County Durham and Darlington are being urged to take part in the eleventh annual ‘Big Spring Clean’ litter-picking campaign.

LitterFree Durham, in partnership with Durham County Council and Darlington Borough Council, is inspiring people to give their local area a spring clean-up to banish strewn litter in time for summer.

The campaign brings communities together to tidy-up, clean-up or green-up their villages or towns and encourages thousands of people to make a difference.

This year, the Big Spring Clean campaign will run until Sunday 15 April and people are urged to sign up and organise a litter pick in their village, town, or city in County Durham and Darlington.

The campaign contributes towards County Durham’s priority of making the county ‘altogether greener’, and encourages residents to think about the environmental impact waste products such as plastic and metal can have on our wildlife, forests, and oceans.

Credit: Durham County Council

The Big Spring Clean campaign represents a fantastic opportunity for people to really make a difference in their community.

Last year’s campaign saw 191 litter-picks carried out in total, with 2,589 people contributing 3,382 volunteer hours to collect 2,865 bags of litter.

This year we’re hoping to top that incredible achievement.

– Cllr Brian Stephens, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships