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Clean it up, any bag, any bin! 19.07.18

A NEW initiative by Donegal County Council's Litter Management team to tackle dog fouling in public places has received a positive response from members of the public.
This initiative sees colourful paw prints stencilled on footpaths clearly indicating where dog owners should be disposing of their dog’s litter.
“This is a simple initiative” says Martin Roarty, Litter Warden for Letterkenny who first introduced the idea to the Council. “We have stencilled colourful paw prints on the footpaths leading to a bin with the simple message ‘clean it up, any bag, any bin”.
“It is about reminding dog owners of their responsibility to clean up after their dogs and we have targeted areas where dogs are normally walked and where dog fouling has been causing a nuisance. My colleague Pearse McCrory brought our stencils to the shorefront in Buncrana where we once again got a positive response from the public.”
New stencils at the shorefront in Buncrana encouraging dog owners to clean up after their dogs and reminding them any bag and any bin will do.
Dog waste is not just smelly and unsightly, it can cause serious problems in that it pollutes our water and poses a health risk for people, especially children as well as pets.  Dog owners should always clean up after their dogs and dispose of pet waste properly.
“We are keen to remind the public that you don’t need a special bin to dispose of pet waste, it can be put in any bin as long as it is bagged properly” says Martin Roarty.
When not disposed of properly, this waste washes into local waterways and causes problems with human and pet health such as giardia; roundworms; salmonella; other viruses and parasites impacting on water quality.
Dog owners or handlers who do not dispose of dog waste in a responsible way could receive an on the spot fine of €150 and failure to pay this fine can lead to prosecution in the District Court with a maximum fine of €3,000.
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