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.