Guildford, Woking and Spelthorne

New campaign encourages dog owners to “bag it and bin it”

New campaign encourages dog owners to “bag it and bin it”

Any bin will do – that’s the message from local school children as they help launch Guildford Borough Council’s campaign to encourage dog owners to bag and bin dog mess. This summer the Council’s dog warden and other staff will be out and about talking to dog walkers, asking them to help keep Guildford’s streets and open spaces clean.

Primary schools in the borough were asked to design a poster to promote the campaign. The winner and runners up came from St Thomas of Canterbury and Lanesborough schools.

Run in conjunction with Dogs Trust and Keep Britain Tidy, the Council’s campaign will visit Merrow Down, Stoughton Recreation Ground, Shalford and Coronation Gardens in Ash. Dog walkers can chat to the team on the environmental education trailer, pick up information leaflets and buy a half-price Leash Pod for £10, which can be used to conveniently and safely carry dog mess. Leash Pods can also be bought from Woking Road depot – call 01483 444499 for details.

Cllr Matt Furniss, Lead Councillor for Environment says: “We know from feedback that residents hate to see dog poo – and it’s a health hazard. We all like to get outside and enjoy our parks when the weather is good, so please pick up after your dog.

“Some dog owners think it’s ok to leave bags of poo on the ground or even hang it on a tree. We want people to clear it up, take it home or bin it. We need to get across the message that if it’s bagged, any bin will do.”

Residents can share their views during a special campaign on Facebook (GuildfordBC) and Twitter (@Guildford BC) on Wednesday 7 August.

Keep Britain Tidy’s chief executive Phil Barton adds: “Dog fouling is the most offensive type of litter on our streets and is constantly rated as one of the most important issues by the public.

“Being a responsible dog owner means picking up after your pet. Keep Britain Tidy’s own research shows that four out of five people don’t know that they can use any general litter bin to dispose of bagged dog mess. We need to get the message across that it is every dog owners’ responsibility to pick up after their pet and put the bagged mess in a bin. After all, there is no such thing as a dog poo fairy to pick it up.”

The environmental education trailer will be at Merrow Down on Monday 5 August, Stoughton Recreation Ground on Wednesday 7 August, Coronation Gardens in Ash on Friday 9 August and Shalford park on Thursday 22 August.

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