Dog Waste Bins
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
which can cause blindness in humans.
The law relating to dog
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2005 has repealed the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 and dog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
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
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
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
- 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
How do I dispose of my dog's mess
'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
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
To find your closest bin check out this link
N.B. The accuracy of locations marked may vary