Bag it and bin it
Renfrewshire Council wardens are reminding dog owners to 'grab it, bag it and bin it' for National Poop Scoop Week 2012.
The council has teamed up with environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful for the event, which starts on Monday 11 June, and aims to raise awareness of issues surrounding dog fouling.
Wardens will be patrolling known problem hotspots throughout the week, and have the power to hand out £40 fixed-penalty fines to anyone caught letting their pet foul the pavements or green space.
Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council's Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, said: "While the council has been doing good work with its dog fouling campaign, there remains a small number of irresponsible people who don't always clean up after their pets.
Events like this are important in terms of reminding people that dog fouling is not just a blight on our communities, but is against the law too.
Dog fouling is an issue which needs the community to help us by reporting problems when they happen. I would encourage the public to inform the wardens if they see anyone allowing their pet to foul the area's streets."
Renfrewshire's dog fouling campaign has been running since last year, and has won a number of awards in that time.
Donna Wilson from Keep Scotland Beautiful, Scotland's leading charity for the environment, said: "It is fantastic that Renfrewshire Council is taking part in National Poop Scoop Week 2012.
Keep Scotland Beautiful has recorded a reduction in overall levels of dog fouling on our streets in recent years, but it still offends a significant number of people in public spaces.
It is great having the support of councils such as Renfrewshire, as it really does help to spread the 'grab it, bag it, bin it' message, and we hope National Poop Scoop Week is a huge success."
The wardens can be contacted - anonymously if needs be - on 0141 889 3499.
This article appeared in The Gazette 11 Jun 12