Over 1,000 bags of litter collected as part of Big Spring Clean

More than 1,000 bags of litter were collected in Darlington, as part of this year’s Big Spring Clean.

More than 1,000 bags of litter were collected in Darlington, as part of this year’s Big Spring Clean.

Organised by LitterFree Durham and Darlington in partnership with Durham County Council and Darlington Borough Council, the Big Spring Clean ran from Monday, February 19th, 2018 until Sunday, April 15th, 2018 with litter picking events being held in streets, parks and open spaces.

More than 1,090 volunteers took part in 68 events, donating in excess of 1,150 hours of their time to clean up streets, parks and green spaces. A total of 1,102 bags of litter were collected along with around 3 tonnes of bulky waste items.

Meanwhile, in the County Durham area, 3,041 volunteers took part in 204 litter picks and donated more than 5,267 hours of their time. Overall, 3,021 bags of rubbish were collected.

The organisers of the Big Spring Clean have given a massive “thank you” to the heroes who helped clear the rubbish and litter.

Councillor Gerald Lee, chairman of LitterFree Durham and Darlington, said: “LitterFree Durham & Darlington’s Big Spring Clean has now been running for more than ten years and every year the numbers of volunteers who take part keep increasing.

“This year was no exception and it’s wonderful that so many people in Darlington and across County Durham take a pride and ownership in their own communities by taking action themselves. Our thanks go out to each and every one of them.”

Councillor Nick Wallis, Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet member for leisure and the local environment, added: “We’re incredibly grateful to all our litter heroes who took part in this year’s Big Spring Clean and to the growing army of Street Champions and others who help keep our streets clean year round.

“Litter is an on-going problem for us all and we all need to play our part – by not dropping litter in the first place and, by taking positive action when we do see it and picking it up.”

Details of Darlington Borough Council’s street cleaning and litter bin emptying schedule can be found on their website.

Source: Darlington Borough Council