Biodegradable dog bag dispensers are now available for use on green spaces across Uckfield and dog owners are being asked to use the bags to clear up after their animals and then bin them.
The Uckfield Town Council initiative follows a communications campaign last year to encourage dog owners to “Bag the poo…any bin will do”.
In a press release the council says: “Whether you are a dog owner or not, we all know how unpleasant it can be to come across dog poo on the pavement or playing field. And it is even worse if you step in it or go through it with your pushchair or wheelchair. Not only does it smell unpleasant but also it is unhygienic and spreads diseases – some of which can have a life-changing impact.”
The dispensers are provided by TiksPac and are designed to be paid for by local businesses advertising on the stations.
The council has funded the first year with advertising space and any businesses interested in supporting the scheme by taking advertising space should contact Lynsey Alderson on 01925 593985.
The ten stations are located at Victoria Pleasure Ground, New Barn Farm, Harlands Farm Football Pitch Area, Ridgewood Recreation Ground, Luxford Field (2), West Park Recreation Ground, Hempstead Lane Recreation Ground, West Park Local Nature Reserve and Hempstead Meadow Local Nature Reserve.
The council press release says: “Uckfield is suitably proud of its open green spaces and wants to help dog owners to keep these areas clean and useable by all residents. Uckfield has a large number of litter bins sited across the town and dog owners can bag and drop their dog poo into any litter bin.”
Holly Goring, Town Clerk, said: “Uckfield has many lovely green open spaces and we want to make them a pleasure to visit and use. We know that most dog owners in the town are responsible and clear up after their pets. However, by providing these dog bag dispensers it will be easier for all dog owners to clean up the little ‘messages’ left by their dogs.”
Lynsey Alderson, TiksPak said: “We are passionate about clean public spaces and finding sustainable, affordable solutions to environmental problems. We are proud to be partnering Uckfield to make it a more pleasant environment for everyone.”