Bag and bin your dog waste

PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 January 2015

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DESPITE a change in the law meaning people can put dog mess in regular waste bins, pet owners are still leaving dog bags hanging in trees or dumped on grass verges.

Weston Town Council is reminding dog owners that following a change in the law, dog waste can be placed in any ordinary litter bin, as long as it is bagged.

The town council sometimes gets requests for additional bins, but due to budget constraints it can only provide a limited number.

The authority provides 42 dog waste bins around the town in addition to North Somerset Council’s bins.

Dog waste can cause disease and even blindness in humans, and bagged waste in trees or bushes can result in a fine.

Town clerk Malcolm Nicholson said: “The town council wants to help keep the town environment clean and prevent disease.

“Dog owners are urged to bag and bin their pet’s waste, either in a dog bin or in an ordinary litter bin.”

The council pays for its bins to be emptied, but its current provider has hiked the prices, so as of April a company called Bin-It Dog Waste Solutions will take over.

This will make a financial saving of around 33 per cent, or £3,500 a year.

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