Dog owners urged to ‘ditch the dirt

Dog owners are being urged to 'ditch the dirt'.

Dog owners are being urged to 'ditch the dirt'.

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A new initiative has been lauched in a bid to get dog owners to clean up their act and bag waste in any public bin.

Fife Council hopes that dog owners will ‘ditch the dirt’ and support a campaign by Keep Scotland Beautiful which asks people to ‘grab it, bag it and bin it’.

Research carried out by the campaign group said almost seven in ten people rated dog fouling as the item on our streets, parks and beaches that bothered them most.

Dog fouling is not just a nuisance to pedestrians and walkers but it’s also illegal and can lead to a conviction and a fine of up to £500.

The move has been welcomed by Fife woman Morag McRaith who recently contacted the East Fife Mail following publication of a feature on Fife’s Coastal Path.

Following a recent walk she contact Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT), which manages the path but does not own it, to express her disgust.

She said: “When my friend and I walked along part of the path from Ravenscraig Park to East Wemyss we certainly couldn’t take full advantage of the breathtaking views on offer, as we were too busy looking down on the ground in an effort to avoid the dog’s dirt left behind on the path by selfish, ignorant, lazy and inconsiderate dog owners! Not only was it on the path, it was also on some of the verges.”

In response, a spokesperson for FCCT, told the Mail: “The Fife Coastal Path is Scotland’s most popular coastal path and free and open to everyone, including dog walkers, all of whom are very welcome but have a responsibility to clean up properly after their pets.

“This responsibility doesn’t stop with bagging the waste but disposing of it correctly and hygienically in the dedicated dog bins or general waste bins.

For more information on the scheme visit www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org