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There will be no change to rubbish and recycling collections in County Durham over the festive period.
Durham County Council is asking residents to put their bins out as normal over Christmas and New Year.
Bins should be left at the kerbside by 7am on your normal collection day.
The last day for bulky waste and white goods collections will be Friday, 23 December, with the service resuming on Tuesday, 3 January.
Please find details of services including bulky waste collections, Christmas tree recycling and HWRC opening times on the council's website.
Cllr Brian Stephens, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said:
We all produce significantly more waste than normal over the Christmas and New Year period so it’s especially important that we take extra care to dispose of it responsibly. This year, there will be no change to kerbside collections but I would urge people to take note of other changes to waste and recycling services, such as HWRC closures and the pause in bulky waste and white goods collections."
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A North East athlete has taken on an ambitious challenge to inspire others to get active. Lea Stephenson, a fitness instructor from Hexham, made a video of himself racing a Tyne and Wear Metro train, getting off at one stop and then racing it to the next one.
The challenge for Lea, who's a 400 metres runner for Tynedale Harriers, was to get back on the train before it left the next station which was 715 metres away. And he made it with time to spare completing the challenge in 2 minutes 10 seconds. Watch highlights of his run here.