The annual Big Spring Clean event runs from the 1st of March to the 1st of May, and this year’s litter pick will confront the amount of plastic thrown away as litter and ending up in the ocean. So far, the dreaded coronavirus has not cancelled the good work.
Organised by Litterfree Durham and supported by the Council, the campaign was launched two weeks ago with three special clean-up events at Darlington, Crimdon and Seaham.
At Seaham beach, representatives from Durham County Council, Sunderland City Council, Seaham Town Council and Durham Heritage Coast were accompanied by volunteers, including a group who all work at McDonalds in Dalton Park. Cllr Brian Stephens, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, was also there to lend a hand.
As the campaign continues, Durham County Council’s civic pride team will be helping green groups with their clean-ups by providing equipment and getting out with volunteers.
Cllr Stephens said: “We are hoping to beat the 3,318 bags of litter collected last year and banish strewn litter.
“Our coasts and rivers are extremely precious to us environmentally and as places of real beauty it is important we take good care to keep them litter-free. The Spring Clean offers the opportunity to take positive action by working together.”
People interested in getting involved with a clean-up in their area can contact