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Dog Waste Bins

Dog Waste Bin

What are they for?

To help keep our pavements and open spaces clear of dog fouling, dog waste bins are provided at many sites throughout the Borough for responsible dog owners to use to dispose of dog faeces. Please use them, otherwise you may spread disease, and our litter pickers will have to clean up the mess.


What are they not for?

They should not be used for any other types of litter or rubbish however, dog waste which is bagged can be placed in litter bins.


The problem of Dog Waste

Estimates suggest that there are around 7 million dogs in Britain. Together they produce around 1000 tonnes of excrement every day! Research into public attitude towards littering and refuse consistently shows that dog fouling is at the top of the list in terms of level of concern and offence caused.

Irresponsible dog owners that allow their dogs to foul on our streets and playing fields not only show contempt for the environment, but also for the people that share the use of that land.  It is not well known that roughly half of the dog population is infested with the parasitic worm 'Toxocara' which can cause blindness in humans.


The law relating to dog fouling:

The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 has repealed the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 and dog fouling is now one of five dog control matters that can be regulated by way of Dog Control Orders.


Bylaws and Local Acts of Parliament will remain in force until such time as a Dog Control Order is made for the same land in respect of the same offence, thus effectively replacing the bylaw. Designations made under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 prior to April 2006, will remain in force until such time as a Dog Control Order is made for any of the five offences on the same land (Fixed Penalty Notices can therefore continue to be issued on land that is currently designated under the 1996 provisions, and these will remain at £50).


Dog Control Orders:

From February 2013 Dog Control Orders will be live on designated land where it is an offence not to clean up after your dog.  Failure to do so can lead to a £75 fixed penalty notice being issued, or if a decision is made to take the offender to court, the fine can be as much as £1,000.


Where does the law apply?

Under section 57 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, a Dog Control Order can be made in respect of any land which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access (with or without payment).


Who does the Law apply to?

The law applies to everyone.  The only exception is for those people that are registered blind or with some other disabilities that made it impossible for them to comply. 


What is Toxocariasis?

Toxocariasis is an infection caused by the parasitic roundworm Toxocara, which is commonly found in the intestines of dogs (Toxocara Canis). Puppies usually contract the parasite from their mother before birth, or from their milk. The larvae mature rapidly in the puppy's intestines. When the puppy is 3-4 weeks old, it begins to produce large numbers of eggs that contaminate the environment through the animal's stools. 


How can I become infected with Toxocariasis?

Toxocara eggs have to be swallowed before someone can become infected.  Ingestion of the eggs may occur if a person handles contaminated soil and subsequently makes hand to mouth contact before they wash their hands.  The nature of the infection makes children particularly susceptible to it. On average there are 120 cases of infection each year.  On the rare occasions that human infection does occur, it usually causes mild, flu-like symptoms.  Although loss of vision is a symptom of infection, thankfully it is exceptionally rare. 


How can I help prevent Toxocariasis infection?

  • Worm your dog regularly. 
  • Consult your vet for the best treatment for your pet.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water after playing with your pets and after outdoor activities. 
  • Make sure that your children also wash their hands.
  • Never let your child play on the ground and eat at the same time.


How do I dispose of my dog's mess responsibly?

'Bag it, tie it, bin it here'

If you have a garden, encourage your dog to 'go' there.  You can then bury the mess or alternatively clean it up and then bin it.

If your dog has an 'accident' while out on a walk, make sure that you clear up the mess immediately.

Remember to take a 'poop-scoop' and several 'doggy bags' on your walk. The mess your collect should be disposed of either at your home or in one of the many dog waste bins you will find in the Borough.


To find your closest bin check out this link


N.B. The accuracy of locations marked may vary


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