DLR Council launches innovative way to tackle dog waste problem

by Gary Ibbotson

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCoCo) is taking an innovative approach to tackling the problem of dog waste in public parks with the installation of ‘talking lamp-posts’.

The installation of these posts throughout the county will work in coordination with on-going Green Dog Walker environmental awareness programme.

The posts are self-contained audio devices which communicate a pre-recorded message about responsible dog ownership when a person is nearby.

According to the council, “the main aim of the device is to create awareness about the issue and start a conversation in the local community.

“The device has potential to reduce incidents of dog fouling litter by over 80%.

“The initial temporary locations for the devices are Ballyogan, Marlay Park, Killiney Hill, Glenageary and Seapoint.

“The devices will be rotated throughout the County, over the coming year,” it said.

Speaking at the launch of the programme, An Cathaoirleach Cllr Shay Brennan said: “Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown has many beautiful walks and it is lovely to see people enjoying them.

“This initiative is a preventative measure and is about educating the small minority of dog owners who don’t pick up after their pets.

“The overall philosophy of this campaign is to shift attitudes so that it becomes socially unacceptable to not clean-up after your dog.”

The council says the system is a “holistic” approach to raise awareness around responsible dog ownership and prevent dog litter being abandoned by owners.

“This initiative complements the on-going Green Dog Walkers programme, local radio, bin and cinema advertising, lamp-post signage, education in schools and the Dog Warden’s enforcement patrols,” says the council.

The Green Dog Walkers programme “is a non-confrontational and friendly initiative” to prevent dog fouling says the council and it asks dog owners to; clean up after their dog, carry extra dog waste bags, be happy to be approached to ‘lend’ a dog waste bag to those without and be a friendly reminder to other dog walkers to clean up after their pet.

DLRCoCo says dog owners can sign up to the initiative by obtaining a form from www.dlrcoco.ie and returning to the local authority.

Any person who registers will receive a complimentary ‘doggie bone’ bag dispenser, a roll of bags and information leaflet from the council.

The scheme is also available to local residents’ associations, community groups and Tidy Towns/Tidy Districts committees.

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