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Dog fouling and bins

Cleansing standards

Generally we clear town centres and other heavily used areas such as local shops or along routes to school between once and three times per week. All other streets in South Gloucestershire are cleaned as required, usually in response to enquiries as we do not have the resource to do these cyclically.

If you wish to report a problem in your area, please use one of our online forms.

Report dog fouling

Report a problem with a dog or litter bin

Dog fouling

If you walk a dog, even one belonging to someone else, you are responsible for clearing up after it.

We want to reduce the amount of dog waste littering South Gloucestershire and ensure that dog owners meet their responsibilities so from Monday 1 July 2019 we will use powers under Section 59 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.

These powers now allow us to:

  • require anyone in control of a dog to demonstrate that they have the means to clear up after their dog(s). Authorised officers may approach dog owners and request them to produce appropriate means of removing dog waste and transporting it to a suitable bin. Dog walkers will be expected to demonstrate that they have bags or other means of clearing up, even if the dog hasn’t defecated at that time. If they cannot they may be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £100 or prosecuted and fined £1,000 (assistance dogs trained by a registered charity where the disability affects the person’s ability to clean up after their dog are exempt).
  • extend the type of land where we can enforce dog fouling rules to apply to all open-air land with public access. Previously we did not enforce against dog fouling on commons, woodland, farmland or heathland. Now if you fail to clear up after your dog on any publicly accessible land you could face a £100 fixed penalty notice or a £1,000 fine (land managed by the Forestry Commission is exempt due to existing legislation). 

It can also be an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to allow large amounts of dog faeces to build up in your garden.

Dog faeces can cause problems to users of parks and sports grounds and nobody likes it left outside their front gate. It can also carry diseases including Toxocariasis, which can lead to serious illness, including blindness. This can be a particular risk for children.

Dog waste bins

In recent years national guidance on the disposal of dog waste has changed and it is no longer necessary to separate dog waste from other types of household waste.

For this reason, dedicated dog waste bins are no longer required and waste can be disposed of in any available litter bin or your black household bin.

Some parish areas in South Gloucestershire have opted to continue providing dog waste bins, but others have removed some or all dog bins and ask responsible dog owners to use dual use bins, formally litter bins.

Please remember that the absence of a dog waste bin or litter bin is not an excuse to leave your dog’s waste behind. Please take your dog waste home.

How should I dispose of my dog’s waste?

As a rule, it is always better to dispose of your dog’s waste at home:

  • In your domestic waste bin (black bin). Make sure you double wrap the waste to prevent smells. Biodegradable dog waste bags are available from some retailers and provide a more environmentally friendly alternative to plastic bags
  • You might also want to consider a dog waste decomposer, or similar ‘dog toilet’ which can be bought from some pet supplies retailers and set up in your garden

Dog waste can also be disposed of using a litter bin or dog waste bin while you are out, but if you cannot find one you must take your waste home.

You should never leave dog waste bags on the ground, or hanging on a fence or trees. As well as being unpleasant for other people, this is littering and you could incur a fine.

To reduce the need to pick up dog waste during walks, you could try training your dog to go at home and walking him before meals so that there is less to pick up.

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