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 – June 18 2020

In these testing times, we want to firstly reach out and say thank you – for continuing to maintain frontline services. Whilst we may not be out and about as much as we would like, we truly value litter & recycling collections at home.

Putting people at the centre of everything we do and following government guidelines, here at The Helping Hand Company we have been able to maintain all manufacturing lines of sustainable litter clearance tools across our facilities in Herefordshire. We also reassigned some of our manufacturing processes to support with the manufacture of scrubs for the NHS.

Our sales and marketing teams continue to work from home as we are sure many of you are too. Today we wanted to quickly let you know how we intend to maintain contact with you during this continued period of uncertainty.

  • Have a query, want to place an order, we are available at the end of the phone Monday – Friday, 0830 – 5.00pm on 01531 635678. You may even here some additional members of the family joining in the call!
  • All stock items are being shipped same day but please allow up to 5 days as the Carriers are experiencing extraordinary levels of demand.
  • We have been busy updating technical manuals, user manuals and product literature to support each Helping Hand range. We will shortly be releasing new user videos covering product assembly, how to use and case studies. All of these will be available for you to view on the website.
  • Around the beginning July, our field support team will be available for virtual appointments, set up remote product evaluation and where essential, have the necessary PPE to complete face to face appointments. New operational guidelines for this will include:
  1. Pre meeting, full sanitisation of any equipment brought for either a demonstration or for commencement of a trial.
  2. Where possible, we will request a meeting within an outdoor environment at social distance. However, if meeting within an office environment, we will ensure a safe 2metre distance is met at all times.
  3. Any trial equipment, on successful completion, if to be returned, we will request you follow a decontamination process prior to its return. On receipt we will quarantine for a minimum of 72 hours.

Using technology, we’ve now got used to using Microsoft teams, Zoom, What’s App and Skype, particularly where benefits a group of people. Discussing forward planned campaigns, reviewing product trials and even completing product demonstrations. We look forward to booking a call with you.

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.

For now stay safe and well – we will get through this.

 

Carly Di Crescienzo

UK Sales Manager – Helping Hand Environmental

 

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 🙂