Anti-litter campaign in County Durham attracts hundreds of supporters (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Anti-litter campaign in County Durham attracts hundreds of supporters
2:46pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
AN anti-litter campaign across County Durham has seen hundreds of people sign a pledge where they agree to dispose of their rubbish responsibly.
The Driving Out Litter in County Durham campaign targeted known littering hot-spots in the county such as supermarkets and take-aways during August.
The scheme aims to encourage people not to throw litter out of car windows and to put rubbish in bins or to recycle it at home.
Durham County Council ran the campaign in partnership with Durham Police, town and parish councils, area action partnerships, supermarkets and take-aways.
Anti-litter groups Litteraction and Litterfree Durham were also involved.
Oliver Sherratt, head of direct services at the county council, said: “The campaign has been a remarkable success, particularly in targeting known car litter hot-spots.
“We’ve spoken to more than 1,700 people and hundreds have pledged to do their bit to reduce the amount of litter which is thrown from cars in County Durham.
“We would urge people to simply take their litter home.
“If anyone does see litter being thrown from cars, they can help tackle this problem by reporting it to us so that we can investigate and take appropriate action.”
During the campaign 511 people signed the anti-littering pledge while 177 fixed penalty notices were issued to people throwing litter from cars.
Anyone who reports littering from cars should provide as much information as possible including vehicle details and the date and time of the offence.
Anyone reporting littering incidents should contact the county council on 03000-261000 or on-line at durham.gov.uk/littering.
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