Keeping the streets safe and clean

15 April 2015

Written by: Campaigns team

Better Lambeth - Environment

While there are many responsible dog owners in Lambeth, a small minority are making the streets unpleasant by not cleaning up after their dog, even though you can put bagged dog mess in any public bin in Lambeth.

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Keeping the streets safe and clean

We spoke with one responsible owner, Ann, who not only makes sure she cleans up after her own dog, but will often clear up other dog mess she sees. Ann says, “it’s important to not leave dog mess on the street. It’s a health hazard and it doesn’t take a lot to carry a bag and dispose of your dog’s mess in any bin. Just like many other responsible dog owners I feel there is no excuse not to do the right thing.”

Why is dog mess a problem?

Dog mess is not just unpleasant and smelly, it is also dangerous and can contain a variety of different bacteria or parasites.

The most dangerous of these is Toxocariasis, carried by roundworm commonly found in dogs. This disease can cause abdominal pain, a skin rash or even loss of vision if it reaches the eyes. It is particularly harmful to children, pregnant women and other vulnerable people.

Children are most at risk of catching diseases and bacteria from dog mess as they are more likely to touch their shoes, or the wheels of toys and scooters.

You can dispose of dog waste into public litter bins in Lambeth

In Lambeth, dog mess can be placed in any public litter bin as long as it is double bagged.

On the spot fines for irresponsible owners

It is the responsibility of the dog owner or the person in charge of the dog to clear up any dog mess left by their dog. If you fail to clean up after your dog you can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80, or if the case goes to court a fine of up to £1,000.