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Hundreds of bags of litter picked up around Darlington by volunteers
8:00am Monday 30th September 2013 in News
THE chairman of an anti-litter campaign has thanked volunteers in Darlington for their time and effort to clean up the town’s open spaces.
LitterFree Durham, which covers County Durham and Darlington, organises mass community litter picks each year to encourage people to take more pride in their surroundings.
Chairman Gerald Lee, who also represents Heighington and Coniscliffe on Darlington Borough Council, gave details of what volunteers had achieved in Darlington.
Coun Lee reported that 462 volunteers, working with 36 community groups, collected 599 bags of litter around the town in one month.
Some community groups did not send in their collection figures, so the totals may be higher.
Across County Durham 1,700 bags of litter were picked up in 910 events.
Coun Lee said: “All in all it was a brilliant response. I want to thank Street Scene staff for their support and Philippa Scrafton, who worked her socks off.
“Hopefully we can do another event in the Spring.”
Councillor Nick Wallis, member for leisure and local environment at the council, praised the efforts of all those involved with LitterFree Durham.
He added: “I think the challenge for us as a local authority is not to think of litter not just as something we do in Spring – it has to be something we do week in, week out.
“There will be a need for us as councillors and communities to take a more proactive role, it’s something we will have to pay more attention to on a regular basis.”
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