Crackdown on dog fouling, litter and fly-tipping

Environmental education and enforcement manager Andy Bolan and enforcement officer Alan Jones by one of the yellow vans

Environmental education and enforcement manager Andy Bolan and enforcement officer Alan Jones by one of the yellow vans

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , crime reporter

DOG fouling, litter and fly tipping are residents’ top gripes — accounting for a large proportion of complaints to Bolton Council each year.

Environment enforcement officers are taking action against the complaints by catching people in action with one of the council’s two anti-social behaviour and CCTV surveillance vans which patrol the borough.

The bright yellow vans also act as a deterrent for the offending. The hi-tech CCTV footage allows officers to zoom cameras into focus on people who are suspected of committing an environmental offence.

Those caught offending will be approached by officers and fined for dropping litter or for dog fouling offences. But if they are spotted fly tipping they will be summonsed to court. The footage can be used as evidence during court cases.

Andy Bolan, environmental education and enforcement manager, said: “Dog fouling, litter and fly-tipping always rank higher than fear of vandalism or car crime with residents because they are problems close to people’s hearts.

“A lot of people will complain about dog fouling, but we need them to come forward and give us intelligence.

“We are prepared to come out early in the morning and in the evening. We exercise a zero-tolerance approach to anyone seen allowing their dog to foul and then failing to dispose of it. Some people are shocked when approached by council officers.

"When we show them our warrant cards they are a bit taken aback. They don’t think officers are monitoring the activity.

“We get people who cooperate and some who are evasive. Some people will be confrontational, but most people are happy to see us out there.”

Police community support officers will also gather intelligence for council officers if they see repeat offenders.

People dog fouling and dropping litter will be issued with a £75 fixed penalty, which will be reduced to £50 if it is paid within 10 days.

People who fail to pay the fine in time will be summonsed to court where, if convicted, they will have a criminal conviction and a maximum fine of £1,000.

Suspected fly tippers could face a £2,500 fine if found guilty of the crime.

People aged 11 to 18 caught littering will be given a final warning before being issued with a fine.

Mr Bolan said people dropping cigarette butts was one of the biggest forms of litter in Bolton, with people often claiming they were unaware it was an offence.

Council officers have seen a reduction in dog fouling following successful campaigns, including one where people were given small plastic dog bones containing plastic bags to dispose of waste. Signs warning people about the fines they could receive if caught leaving waste are posted around hot spot areas for litter.

Officers will also give advice to people about collecting litter and will give out plastic bags.

Leaflets will also be posted through doors in areas where dog fouling is a problem.

Community champion Barbara Green is so fed up with litter in Fern Street Park, Farnworth, where she walks Toby, her Staffordshire bull terrier, that she collects bags of rubbish each time she goes out.

Mrs Green, aged 75, said: “People just have no pride in their area. I don’t think anybody owns a shovel nowadays.

“People will put a bottle down next to a bin, but not in the bin. It is disgusting.”

Council workers share the vans with police, who often use the vehicles in areas where there has been a spate of anti-social behaviour.

One of the vehicles is generally used in Bolton town centre and the second is used throughout the borough, including in Farnworth, Horwich, Westhoughton, Kearsley and Little Lever.

People can report environmental crimes by calling 01204 336930 or visit-ing bolton.gov.uk/hatelitter

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10:49am Wed 9 Jul 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Every dog owner should be made to take their dog to a vet for DNA tagging and a chip.

If the owner takes their dog out for a cr@p and does not clean it up then the dog can be traced to a residence and the owner fined. There are no excuses for an owner to take their dog out to cr@p all over the place and not clean it up.

Dog feces contains a great number of harmful-to-humans bacteria, inclusive of a flesh eating bug. The answer is easy, zero-tolerance.
Every dog owner should be made to take their dog to a vet for DNA tagging and a chip. If the owner takes their dog out for a cr@p and does not clean it up then the dog can be traced to a residence and the owner fined. There are no excuses for an owner to take their dog out to cr@p all over the place and not clean it up. Dog feces contains a great number of harmful-to-humans bacteria, inclusive of a flesh eating bug. The answer is easy, zero-tolerance. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 8

11:12am Wed 9 Jul 14

thomas222 says...

Could they not have got a brighter van with larger signs informing they are in the area ?.
Could they not have got a brighter van with larger signs informing they are in the area ?. thomas222
  • Score: -3

11:26am Wed 9 Jul 14

Hectoriva says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
Every dog owner should be made to take their dog to a vet for DNA tagging and a chip.

If the owner takes their dog out for a cr@p and does not clean it up then the dog can be traced to a residence and the owner fined. There are no excuses for an owner to take their dog out to cr@p all over the place and not clean it up.

Dog feces contains a great number of harmful-to-humans bacteria, inclusive of a flesh eating bug. The answer is easy, zero-tolerance.
Haha how? That means some one has to physically catch the dog in the act, scan it and then send a fine to the address. I assuming you know you can't trace doggy doo to a microchip that never leaves the body?
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: Every dog owner should be made to take their dog to a vet for DNA tagging and a chip. If the owner takes their dog out for a cr@p and does not clean it up then the dog can be traced to a residence and the owner fined. There are no excuses for an owner to take their dog out to cr@p all over the place and not clean it up. Dog feces contains a great number of harmful-to-humans bacteria, inclusive of a flesh eating bug. The answer is easy, zero-tolerance.[/p][/quote]Haha how? That means some one has to physically catch the dog in the act, scan it and then send a fine to the address. I assuming you know you can't trace doggy doo to a microchip that never leaves the body? Hectoriva
  • Score: -3

11:32am Wed 9 Jul 14

SleepingThunder says...

I helped in a community clean up scheme 4 months on & all the yellow bin bags provided have still not been taken , it annoys me when people have volunteered there time for free that no one has taken the waste.

DNA database for dogs sh*t Lol the worst are the ones who bag it then leave on pavement or in tree all tied up nice like a little present for future generations to come because that's how long it will take to degrade.
I helped in a community clean up scheme 4 months on & all the yellow bin bags provided have still not been taken , it annoys me when people have volunteered there time for free that no one has taken the waste. DNA database for dogs sh*t Lol the worst are the ones who bag it then leave on pavement or in tree all tied up nice like a little present for future generations to come because that's how long it will take to degrade. SleepingThunder
  • Score: 4

11:52am Wed 9 Jul 14

The Wasp says...

Irresponsible dog walkers go down the back of Harwood Meadows primary school were they wouldn't be seen by the general public or the yellow van because it is a hidden path but all the children have to use that path and it is disgusting that they won't clean up after their dogs.
Irresponsible dog walkers go down the back of Harwood Meadows primary school were they wouldn't be seen by the general public or the yellow van because it is a hidden path but all the children have to use that path and it is disgusting that they won't clean up after their dogs. The Wasp
  • Score: 5

11:53am Wed 9 Jul 14

The Squire In Residence says...

As a responsible dog owner that does pick it up, I must ask why the council doesn't use the availablity of the cctv cameras in the town centre to prosecute the idiots outside the bars that throw their cigs and spearmint onthe pavement?
Why, when told that a resident in Firwood Fold is continually putting his ash from his fire on the cobbles in a conservation/tourist area they do nothing at all?
Why when someone fly tipped two mattresses and other detritous in Firwood Fold have they not been to clean it up - this despite our 'community spirited' Crompton Councillor Sufrana Bashir Ismail driving passed it at least twice daily? This even though she was the councillor in charge of waste/rubbish not too long ago!!!
Why, again with all the cctv cameras available, can the council not keep the areas outside the takeaway outlets on Daubhill and Deane cleaned up???
You just cannot make it up... Good luck in your bright yellow van - but I doubt you will make a difference.
As a responsible dog owner that does pick it up, I must ask why the council doesn't use the availablity of the cctv cameras in the town centre to prosecute the idiots outside the bars that throw their cigs and spearmint onthe pavement? Why, when told that a resident in Firwood Fold is continually putting his ash from his fire on the cobbles in a conservation/tourist area they do nothing at all? Why when someone fly tipped two mattresses and other detritous in Firwood Fold have they not been to clean it up - this despite our 'community spirited' Crompton Councillor Sufrana Bashir Ismail driving passed it at least twice daily? This even though she was the councillor in charge of waste/rubbish not too long ago!!! Why, again with all the cctv cameras available, can the council not keep the areas outside the takeaway outlets on Daubhill and Deane cleaned up??? You just cannot make it up... Good luck in your bright yellow van - but I doubt you will make a difference. The Squire In Residence
  • Score: 8

12:20pm Wed 9 Jul 14

renovatedhouserunner says...

Shepherd cross st field, dog waste bin broken, van sat at side of it, no sign of leaflets or waste bags.
Shepherd cross st field, dog waste bin broken, van sat at side of it, no sign of leaflets or waste bags. renovatedhouserunner
  • Score: 3

1:18pm Wed 9 Jul 14

marco999 says...

This is a never ending problem and officers going around using their ‘technology’ to snoop on dog walkers is the equivalent of speed cameras hounding the easy target motorists. Don’t just pick on dog owners - try targeting the van drivers who fly tip all over Rivington because it’s secluded and there are no cameras to catch them. Get up early on Sunday morning and catch the hedonistic young people who camp out by the river and uproot trees to make fires with then leave mountains of rubbish and broken bottles and even the tent behind in some cases. Take to the streets near the takeaways and catch those who drop chip trays, pizza boxes, bottles and cans on the pavement. Hide near McDonalds and wait – it won’t be long before someone chucks their used food trays out of a car window. How about little Chardonnay on her pony - when is someone going to be fined for letting their horse defecate in the street? Wait by the pubs (the ones that are left) and wait for all the smokers chucking their dock ends in the street. Pick any park or playing field in the borough and you’ll always find someone leaving their pop bottles, crisp packets and toffee papers on the grass. People are chucking their rubbish all over the streets and green areas in every town in the country – don’t just pick on dog owners.
This is a never ending problem and officers going around using their ‘technology’ to snoop on dog walkers is the equivalent of speed cameras hounding the easy target motorists. Don’t just pick on dog owners - try targeting the van drivers who fly tip all over Rivington because it’s secluded and there are no cameras to catch them. Get up early on Sunday morning and catch the hedonistic young people who camp out by the river and uproot trees to make fires with then leave mountains of rubbish and broken bottles and even the tent behind in some cases. Take to the streets near the takeaways and catch those who drop chip trays, pizza boxes, bottles and cans on the pavement. Hide near McDonalds and wait – it won’t be long before someone chucks their used food trays out of a car window. How about little Chardonnay on her pony - when is someone going to be fined for letting their horse defecate in the street? Wait by the pubs (the ones that are left) and wait for all the smokers chucking their dock ends in the street. Pick any park or playing field in the borough and you’ll always find someone leaving their pop bottles, crisp packets and toffee papers on the grass. People are chucking their rubbish all over the streets and green areas in every town in the country – don’t just pick on dog owners. marco999
  • Score: 7

1:51pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Gore Seer says...

Fly Tipping Is The Councils Own Fault Council Are Obliged To Collect Freely All Waste.
Fly Tipping Is The Councils Own Fault Council Are Obliged To Collect Freely All Waste. Gore Seer
  • Score: -5

3:06pm Wed 9 Jul 14

mr.mark.c says...

Hectoriva wrote:
Beyond News Forum wrote:
Every dog owner should be made to take their dog to a vet for DNA tagging and a chip.

If the owner takes their dog out for a cr@p and does not clean it up then the dog can be traced to a residence and the owner fined. There are no excuses for an owner to take their dog out to cr@p all over the place and not clean it up.

Dog feces contains a great number of harmful-to-humans bacteria, inclusive of a flesh eating bug. The answer is easy, zero-tolerance.
Haha how? That means some one has to physically catch the dog in the act, scan it and then send a fine to the address. I assuming you know you can't trace doggy doo to a microchip that never leaves the body?
What part of DNA did you not understand, they take a sample of the poop and get a DNA profile, they then check a database and find a match, if each dog was Chipped and had a DNA profile then finding the owner would be easy.
The difficult part (real world) would be the cost as I doubt fines would cover it, but if they did use such a system then I would want Cats and Horses included.
[quote][p][bold]Hectoriva[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: Every dog owner should be made to take their dog to a vet for DNA tagging and a chip. If the owner takes their dog out for a cr@p and does not clean it up then the dog can be traced to a residence and the owner fined. There are no excuses for an owner to take their dog out to cr@p all over the place and not clean it up. Dog feces contains a great number of harmful-to-humans bacteria, inclusive of a flesh eating bug. The answer is easy, zero-tolerance.[/p][/quote]Haha how? That means some one has to physically catch the dog in the act, scan it and then send a fine to the address. I assuming you know you can't trace doggy doo to a microchip that never leaves the body?[/p][/quote]What part of DNA did you not understand, they take a sample of the poop and get a DNA profile, they then check a database and find a match, if each dog was Chipped and had a DNA profile then finding the owner would be easy. The difficult part (real world) would be the cost as I doubt fines would cover it, but if they did use such a system then I would want Cats and Horses included. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 4

3:40pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Sheila White says...

Any place that puts this kind of attention to problems like littering deserves top marks and the people who live there can count themselves as lucky. For the full dirt on littering, get the scoop at http://www.litterpre
ventionprogram.com
Any place that puts this kind of attention to problems like littering deserves top marks and the people who live there can count themselves as lucky. For the full dirt on littering, get the scoop at http://www.litterpre ventionprogram.com Sheila White
  • Score: 6

4:53pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Brumas says...

I am a responsible Dog owner who habitually cleans up after my dog and it infuriates me when irresponsible dog owners don’t clean up after their dog/dogs, getting dog owners a bad reputation.
Many things have been suggested on these pages on how to solve the problem, the best I have read should be implemented, which is: - Dog Wardens should have the power to challenge any dog walker, to produce poop bags on the spot in order to prove they have the means to clean up after their dog/dogs, or face an instant fine.
Poop bags don’t cost a fortune or in fact nothing, because Horwich Council have just announced they are giving them away.
I am a responsible Dog owner who habitually cleans up after my dog and it infuriates me when irresponsible dog owners don’t clean up after their dog/dogs, getting dog owners a bad reputation. Many things have been suggested on these pages on how to solve the problem, the best I have read should be implemented, which is: - Dog Wardens should have the power to challenge any dog walker, to produce poop bags on the spot in order to prove they have the means to clean up after their dog/dogs, or face an instant fine. Poop bags don’t cost a fortune or in fact nothing, because Horwich Council have just announced they are giving them away. Brumas
  • Score: 5

5:58pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Gore Seer says...

Who Cleans Police Horse Muck Up I Ain't Seen A Bobby With A Wheelbarrow Following Horses, And In Seven Acres We Have Trees Growing Plastic Bags With Dog Poo In Them I Am Amazed Who Needs A Dog.
Who Cleans Police Horse Muck Up I Ain't Seen A Bobby With A Wheelbarrow Following Horses, And In Seven Acres We Have Trees Growing Plastic Bags With Dog Poo In Them I Am Amazed Who Needs A Dog. Gore Seer
  • Score: 1

2:54am Thu 10 Jul 14

mr.mark.c says...

Gore Seer wrote:
Who Cleans Police Horse Muck Up I Ain't Seen A Bobby With A Wheelbarrow Following Horses, And In Seven Acres We Have Trees Growing Plastic Bags With Dog Poo In Them I Am Amazed Who Needs A Dog.
I love my lil dog and we clean up after him, I have seen these dog poop trees over Rivington (and fences)
I would rub the owners nose in it if I caught them hanging it up or throwing the bags, that is worse than not picking it up to start witth.
On another note, seeing that the all seeing CCTV cars can not be used for parking then use them for litter louts.
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: Who Cleans Police Horse Muck Up I Ain't Seen A Bobby With A Wheelbarrow Following Horses, And In Seven Acres We Have Trees Growing Plastic Bags With Dog Poo In Them I Am Amazed Who Needs A Dog.[/p][/quote]I love my lil dog and we clean up after him, I have seen these dog poop trees over Rivington (and fences) I would rub the owners nose in it if I caught them hanging it up or throwing the bags, that is worse than not picking it up to start witth. On another note, seeing that the all seeing CCTV cars can not be used for parking then use them for litter louts. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 2

1:25pm Thu 10 Jul 14

goldie47 says...

should drive around by castle hill school for cig butts and bradshaw/harwood for dog ****
should drive around by castle hill school for cig butts and bradshaw/harwood for dog **** goldie47
  • Score: 1

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