Fresh bid to tackle problem

By Ian Dipple Friday 07 March 2014 Updated: 07/03 15:33

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A NEW scheme encouraging dog owners to use all rubbish bins to dump their pets’ mess is being rolled out across the borough.

Stickers with the phrase ‘bag it, bin it, any bin will do’ are being placed on general waste bins promoting the fact they can be used for pooches poop as well as dedicated dog poo bins.

The move has been trialled in Winyates and Matchborough in response to numerous complaints from residents about dog fouling and the fact traditional dog poo bins often fill up quickly, can be more difficult to empty and can be in the wrong location. In some cases dog poo bins close to general waste bins are being removed and used elsewhere.

It has proved so successful it is now being rolled out across Redditch including in parts of Headless Cross where there has been a spike in complaints. Residents say not only do some dog owners fail to pick up their pets’ mess but those who do often sling bags of poo into bushes and in some cases people’s gardens.

Coun Gay Hopkins, who represents the district, welcomed the roll-out of the bin scheme but said ultimately dog owners had to take responsibility for their animals, while residents also needed to support officers by reporting those flouting the law.

“I know this problem is widespread in most parts of Redditch. Our town is too attractive and pleasant to be desecrated in this way,” she said.

Guy Revans, the council’s head of environmental services, said the new scheme would support their enforcement patrols and those caught failing to clean up after their pets would be fined.

“Badging up litter bins and raising awareness provides people with many more convenient places to dispose of their dog waste,” he said.

“Ultimately there is no excuse for failing to clean up your dog mess, so of course these improvements that make life easier for people work hand in glove with enforcement.

“We take dog fouling very seriously and continue to welcome information from the public about where and when it is taking place so we can keep targeting our patrols towards problem areas.”

Dog fouling can be reported to the council on 01527 881188.

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