More than 3,500 volunteers rally together for Big Spring Clean

More than 3,500 volunteers across Darlington and Durham have rallied together to gather litter, as part of this year’s Big Spring Clean.

More than 3,500 volunteers across Darlington and Durham have rallied together to gather litter, as part of this year’s Big Spring Clean.

The campaign, which is run by LitterFree Durham and Darlington in partnership with Durham County Council and Darlington Borough Council, encourages individuals, community groups and schools to organise litter picks and help tidy up their towns and villages.

During the Big Spring Clean campaign, which ran between February and April 2019, volunteers in Darlington spent a total of 2,375.5 hours collecting 1,690 bags of rubbish plus more than five tonnes of bulky waste across 181 litter picks.

Meanwhile, in Durham, 3,318 bags of rubbish were picked by 2,215 people across the county. Volunteers racked up 5,202.5 hours of rubbish collecting during 187 litter picks.

Councillor Gerald Lee, chair of LitterFree Durham & Darlington, said: “LitterFreeDurham has been raising the awareness of the litter problem for 14 years and organising the Big Spring Clean for ten.

“It is good to see that every year more volunteers take to the streets to clean them up – a big thank you to everyone.

“Since David Attenborough’s Blue Planet television program the awareness of the plastic in our oceans has never been so high, but we should remember that plastic and litter kills on the land as well as in the seas around the world so the same message holds – do not drop litter – ANYWHERE!”

Brian Graham, head of environmental service at Darlington Borough Counncil, added: “The Big Spring Clean acts as a reminder to people to dispose of litter correctly, whilst encouraging residents to help tidy up their area by organising a litter pick in their community.

“In doing so, people are making a real difference to the local environment.”

For further details about organising a litter pick in Darlington, visit the Darlington Borough Council website.

Alternatively, you can call 01325 406665 or email streetscenecoordinators@darlington.gov.uk.

Source: Darlington Borough Council