Dispose of bagged waste in any bin

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Angus Council is continuing with its fight to clean up the streets of dogs’ mess with the launch of its ‘Any Bin Will Do’ leaflet.

Councillor Jeanette Gaul, the council’s vice-convener of Communities, officially launched the leaflet on Wednesday with the help of Whitehills Primary School pupil Sophie-Ann Robson.

Sophie-Ann highlighted the problem of dogs’ mess outside the school last year, organising a highly successful poster campaign. She took her concerns to Forfar Community Council and her efforts resulted in her being presented with a ‘Hero of the Month’ award by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Speaking at the launch, Councillor Gaul said: “Although dog fouling is fundamentally the responsibility of dog owners, the council recognises it has a part to play in tackling this problem and we want to ensure dog owners act responsibly and clear up after their dogs.

“This leaflet aims to outline the law and be a guide to dog owners on what their responsibilities and duties are. It is also designed to help members of the public wanting to report incidents of dog fouling.

“Dog fouling is one of the most common and unpleasant types of ‘litter’ and it is important to remember that if a dog waste bin is not readily available, you can use any litter bin or take it home and put it in your refuse bin.

“I’m delighted to be working with Sophie-Ann in taking this work forward as her work has already made a difference.”

The leaflet is available on the council’s website and in all council ACCESS Offices, libraries, sports and leisure centres and in key areas across Angus where the council is targeting persistent dog fouling.

It stresses any bin can be used for dogs’ mess - a dog waste bin, dual purpose litter bin or a household general waste bin.

If dog fouling is a problem in your area report it to the ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778,