Fareham residents are invited to pop into the Civic Offices and pick up a week's supply of dog waste bags for free as part of the Council's new initiative aimed at tackling dog waste in the borough.
Up to seven free bags can be taken at any one time and we hope the people that collect them will encourage others to do the same.
'Let's take the Oops out of Poops' is a campaign designed to inform dog owners that don't already pick up after their pets that they are giving all dogs a bad name, as well as causing potential health hazards. Posters of Bagsy, a very cute but slightly embarrassed looking dog, have been put up across the Borough to remind people of the need to 'Bag it and Bin it.' The message will also feature on some of the Council's refuse lorries.
Following a consultation earlier this year, residents told the Council where the dog waste hot-spot areas are in the Borough. In response to that information, three bag dispensers are being trialled in Portchester so that dog walkers can grab a free bag when they are out and about.
Executive Member for Public Protection, Cllr Trevor Cartwright said: "We know that most dog owners do pick up after their pets, but there are a few that don't. Not only is it a health risk by leaving dog waste on the ground, it looks horrible and is really inconvenient for those that see it a bit too late! We hope that by providing residents with free dog waste bags it will help to encourage them to pick up after their pets."
Dog waste can be disposed of in any public waste bin as well as the bespoke red bins. People can report anyone not picking up dog waste, or inform the Council of areas where dog waste is particularly bad, by calling 01329 236100.
Residents can collect their free bags from the Civic Offices now.
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