UK councils see increase in dog fouling complaints during COVID-19

At a time when people are making more use of the open and green spaces in their communities – reports of dog fouling increased by nearly 40% in some local authorities across the UK.

In Scotland, environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful has launched a nationwide call for people across Scotland to help record the scale of the dog fouling problem with their #turdtag campaign. The information will form a unique new data set to be used to increase awareness and drive action to tackle one of Scotland’s worst environmental complaints.

Across Wales, councils have seen an increase in the number of dog fouling complaints. For example, Pembrokeshire County Council and Welsh town and community councils are receiving increasing numbers of complaints of dog fouling. There has been a notable rise in dog walkers using the countryside, although the rules for exercise remain to stay local to your home.

In England, there has been an increase in the number of complaints made by members of the public about owners not picking up after their dogs, in particular since the start of the lockdown. However, The Public Spaces Protection Order still exists, which makes it an offence to not pick up dog mess in public open spaces with a £100 fixed penalty notice.

And with the increase in the number of people walking as part of their daily exercise during the coronavirus outbreak, councils across England wish to remind people that the law is still place – with particular reference to parks, public open spaces and beaches; including the ban on dogs using certain sections of the beaches from 1 May until the end of September.

If you have seen an increase in dog fouling within your local communities or your local authority, Helping Hand Environmental can help with the Handiscoop the pooper scooper  your perfect portable companion to tackle dog fouling, hygienically, at a safe distance easily picks up from/off of any surface.

Key features:

  • The 81cm/32-inch length prevents the need for bending down to pick up dog fouling, ideal for frontline operational duties, and a great pooper scooper for use at home in your gardens/on lawns
  • The shorter length 18-inch is ideal for taking with you on walks, journeys or in a vehicle
  • It’s lightweight and portable, so you can take it anywhere
  • It doesn’t matter what surface you are picking up the mess from – sand, gravel, grass – it works anywhere.
  • Can be used with or without biodegradable poop scoop bags!

You can find out more about the Handiscoop pooper scooper or order HERE or call our sales team for more information on 01531 635678.

COVID-19 update – May 13 2020

With the recent announcements from the Government, the COVID-19 outbreak continues to cause a lot of uncertainty across the UK. We can all help control the spread of the virus by being sensible in how we go about our daily activity.

Here in Herefordshire, our manufacturing is at full capacity and we have a large supply of community care equipment available for immediate despatch. To support patients discharge from hospital, safely, efficiently and effectively, to their home. We also offer priority delivery for NHS trusts, local authorities and care homes.

To ensure the safety of our customers and colleagues, the Sales teams are working remotely and have been busy working across digital platforms to complete virtual meetings, deliver training session, education and answer any technical queries.

Whilst frontline staff continue to support waste collections, street cleansing and facilities management services, this week invidividual volunteers are now conducting solo litter picking as part of their daily exercise routines – so we wanted to reassure that we are here to help when you need us.

Face to face appointments: we now have full PPE available and a team of Field Sales Advisors to support with essential appointments only allowing for the appropriate safety protocol. Please contact your local Advisor to discuss your specific requirements should you need a meeting.

Other means of communication: We have range of digital resources available, e-meeting facilities like Skpye, Facetime and Mircosoft Teams, webinars on our products, campaigns and services and of course we’re at the end of the phone – contact our Environmental division on 01531 635678.

We remain committed to being responsible for what we do, those we serve and truly value the support you give in trading with us.

Please take care of yourselves and each other.

Gavin James, Managing Director

Solo Litterpicking Guidance

We encourage everyone to stay at home where possible, but we have been asked over the last few weeks for some guidance around the subject of solo litter picking during this time.

Helping Hand Environmental understand a lot of individual volunteers are still wishing to litter pick by themselves/solo, or with their own household as part of their daily exercise – with many understanding the therapeutic benefits of spending time outdoors; boosting their immune system and a positive impact on your mental health and well-being.

Following the latest government advice on upto 6 people from different households meeting up remotely in an outdoors environment;  adhering to social distancing methods and keeping 2 metres apart at all times and where safe to do so, a solo litter pick could form part of your daily exercise routine or volunteer litter pick.

If you wish to continue with your own litter-picking activity then please ensure you follow the latest Government advice on COVID-19 to ensure you protect your own safety, and the safety of others:

  • Always use a Litterpicker
  • Wear protective gloves
  • Wash your hands (before and after your litter pick)
  • Use your own carrier bag, bucket or cleansing bag to collect litter in
  • Don’t touch any litter with your hands
  • Don’t pick up litter with your hands
  • To help keep you safe by following government advice, personal coronavirus waste (such as used tissues, face masks, disposable gloves, wet wipes or cleaning cloths) should be double-bagged, tied securely and kept seperately for 72 hours, before doing into your general waste/wheelie bin at home.
  • Don’t touch your face whilst out litter picking
  • Always keep a safe 2 meters away from any other member(s) of the public
  • Sanitise your equipment before and after use
  • Once collected, you will need to dispose of your litter at home using your household general waste bins – your local authority might not have capacity to collect your litter bags during this time – please double check what your local service capacity is.

In light of recent Government advise,  all community group and more then 2+ people clean-ups should cease. Therefore you can litter pick individually, with only the members of your own household or only one other person outside your household (but at social distance) as part of your daily exercise routine.

If you need further help, our team are working remotely from home but are still at the end of the phone, but if we can answer any questions – do give Helping Hand a call, 01531 635678. We have a range of litter picking guides in our Download section and also a range of reusable litter pickers safer litter collection – like our NEW folding Safe Pick Litter Picker and Sharp Pouch to help you undertake your solo picks; with safety and confidence.

Most importantly from everyone at Helping Hand Environmental, stay safe 🙂