A massive ‘thank you’ has gone out to the army of volunteers who joined forces to spruce up #OurStreets for 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 27 February until 16 April with litter picking events across the area.

More than 1,085 volunteers took part in 62 events across Darlington borough donating in excess of 1,727 hours of their time to clean up streets, parks and green spaces. A huge 1,099 bags of litter were collected along with around 3 tonnes of bulky waste items in our area alone.

Meanwhile, in the County Durham area more than 1,500 volunteers took part in 129 litter picks and donated more than 1,650 hours of their time. In total, 1,766 bags of rubbish were collected.

This year’s Big Spring Clean may now be over but you can still do your bit to help look after #OurStreets by becoming a Street Champion, organising your own litter pick or just picking up any litter you spot and putting it in a bin – if everyone picked up just one piece of litter a day it could make a huge difference.

Details of the Council’s street cleaning and litter bin emptying schedule can be found at www.darlington.gov.uk/ourstreets and for information on how you can help keep ‘Our Streets’ clean and how to organise a litter pick log onto the website at www.darlington.gov.uk/litterpick – don’t forget to tell us, and others, about your efforts on social media using the #OurStreets hashtag.