Dog waste in normal litter bins – problem?

Dog walkers in the Lancashire town of Barnoldswick are causing concern for other users of a picnic area in the town.

Local resident, Pat Dickins, has complained to her local newspaper that dog walkers are placing dog waste in ordinary, open-topped litter bins:

“It is good that people are using the bins, but from a health point of view, I think it is awful that we have such waste just feet away from seats. People often sit on those benches to eat their fish and chips and we have children playing close by in the beck. Surely we should have a proper dog bin, with a closed lid”, she told her local newspaper.

The area’s local council replied that, because dog mess is classed as litter, the dog walkers were acting legally.

We’ve had a number of dog-mess related stories on Dogs Rule and it’s a problem that has great potential to cause rifts between dog lovers and the unenlightened. In the States they have professional pooper-scooper services, Horsham District Council has considered CCTV to monitor misuse of dog waste bins and San Francisco is generating electricity from dog poo.

How can we deal with the dog waste problem? The situation has improved massively over the years, but a small number of dog owners still cause problems for the responsible majority. Is it the local council’s responsibility to provide special dog bins, or even go as far as Coventry Council once did and provide free dog waste bags?

  • Marcia

    Just to note that I live in Barnoldswick, which is part of the area goverened by Pendle Borough Council.

    Pendle Borough Council DO have a free poop pag scheme – they are available in packs from council buildings and some local pet shops.

    Further, there are NUMEROUS dog waste bins throughout Pendle and in Barnoldswick – we are very well-served in that respect. They are also more frequently emptied this year than last year after many complaints from dog walkers.

    The dog walkers may be acting legally but I can’t think of many areas in Barnoldswick that have not got both bins and dog bins so I suspect some laziness on the part of some dog walkers.

    That said, I suspect that most non-dog owners would prefer the waste to end up in a bin of some description than dumped on the ground even in a bag.

  • Patti

    I was recently sworn at by a man because I dropped two tiny tied bags of dogs mess in a public litter bin. He said I was a “dirty b*****” for doing so. I pointed out that since there were no dog bins on my route and I didn’t want to walk into the shop carrying 2 bags of poo, I couldn’t see what the problem was. I also told him the bags were sealed and deodorised and was no worse than soiled nappies or human vomit which I had seen around/in the bin.

    Along my route I had seen several piles of dogs mess and also bagged dogs mess thrown in bushes and hanging on branches. I would never do that but it seems whatever we do, there is always someone complaining. 95% of the time I take my bags home and dispose of them in my own rubbish bin. That ends up in the same place as a litter bin – landfill!!