‘Ditch the Dirt’ Campaign launched

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The Clean Up Scotland campaign, run by the independent charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, has launched its “Ditch the Dirt” campaign.

The campaign is seeking to highlight the impact of dog fouling on the local environment. The campaign launch comes as new figures highlight the continuing impact across Scotland as the irresponsible few fail to clean up after their dog.

Keep Scotland Beautiful has revealed that 64% of litter-picks across Scotland registered with the Clean Up Scotland campaign have recorded instances of dog fouling in the area being cleaned up.

The Clean Up Scotland Campaign has had over 121,000 people taking part in voluntary clean-ups and litter-picks all over Scotland .

Suzanne Roberts, Campaign Co-ordinator at Clean up Scotland has called for a renewed determination to change behaviour:

She said: “The ‘Ditch the Dirt’ campaign is looking to ramp up the pressure on the irresponsible dog owners who refuse to pick up after their dog.

“This issue is one which creates anger and frustration amongst those who see people refusing to do what’s right, and is one of the most commonly cited instances of anti-social behaviour.

“We want dog owners to enjoy their dogs and take them to the fantastic open spaces that Scotland is renowned for, however, we have a simple message: ‘Grab it, bag it, bin it’ – any bin will do!”

“Suitably bagged, dog waste can be disposed of in any public litter bin, or the many dedicated dog waste bins that are provided.

“During the Ditch the Dirt fortnight, we are asking anyone who would like to be involved to organise a dog fouling survey of their local park or pitch so we can get a better understanding of the problem in open spaces; a support pack can be downloaded from our website.”

Dog fouling has been prodominent in Kincardine and Mearns with many local residents speaking out in the past months on the impact it has had on the community.

The issue had become such a problem that Kincardine and Mearns Councillors discussed the issue of dog fouling at a meeting of the Infrastructure Services Committee all the way back in May.

The committee will look at options for getting more dog wardens who can give out fixed penalty notices, but the main focus is expected to be on a range of preventative measures.

Further campaign information can be downloaded and a support pack for members of the public wanting to take part in our dog fouling survey is available at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/ditchthedirt

What do you think? Has the issue of Dog Fouling got better or worse since the start of the spring in Kincardine and Mearns? Contact news@mearnsleader.com