AN ESTIMATED 880 TONNES OF DOG POO IS DEPOSITED IN OUR PARKS EVERY DAY
CAN WE HELP BY PICKING UP OUR DOG’S POO ON OUR WALKS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE?
New research with local authorities from environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy reveals that the amount of dog mess being left by owners in our parks has increased since the start of 2021, with more than half of local authorities surveyed reporting an increase in both unbagged dog poo left on the ground and bagged dog poo ‘carefully’ placed in parks, for example, left hanging from railings or trees.
A new survey carried out on behalf of the charity by YouGov shows that the vast majority of dog owners say that they dispose of dog waste responsibly, either putting it in a bin in the park (85%) or taking it home with them (40%).
However, four per cent, which equates to approximately 520,000 dog owners, admit leaving their dog’s poo unbagged on the ground, equating to around 35.3 tonnes of dog poo.
Approximately 260,000 people leave bagged poo elsewhere (e.g. hanging from a tree, on a post, or under a bush) – equivalent to 17.7 tonnes.