Poo Halloo - Radical rethink on Lewisham's dog bins

Doggy fashions come and go it seems. Lewisham Council has opted to follow a model employed by Camden to deal with the problem of where dog-walkers can stash their stools.

Dedicated dog poo bins have been removed from the borough and walkers are encouraged to bag their best friends' droppings and use the regular bins, which will be labelled accordingly.

On the plus side it cuts down on the number of unsightly bins in the park (the area around a dog bin is like a 10 foot radius Hot Zone). Lewisham Cllr Egan also says in the scheme's favour that:

This means many more bins are available. This approach was adopted by Camden a couple of years ago and has been a success there. As a dog owner I have found the Camden approach a lot more convenient and we hope it will lead to more people disposing of dog mess in the appropriate manner.

But the system does rely on normal bins being emptied regularly, rather than being allowed to overflow. And Brockley's Freegans are advised to exercise caution while bin-diving.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Trouble is these youngster with trophy dogs dont and wont use bins of any description.

Q said...

They're barking up the wrong tree.

max said...

Rubbish!
Dog-poo bins have a lid, that in the summer comes very handy as the stuff smells.
They would need to empty them very often indeed (which defeats the objective of saving money) as you're assured that they will contein loads of smelly stuff deposited there three times a day.
Of course they won't increase collection so we'll all be enjoing this new freedom.
Well done!

Headhunter said...

I already stick my dog's poo in normal bins... Whatever bin is closest to ground zero I'm afraid...

Anonymous said...

Max, if Lewisham Council gave everyone in the borough a free bag of gold you'd find a reason to gripe about it.

max said...

That's complete nonsense, I think I've gone on record quite a number of times supporting the Council when they deserve it.
And I'm happy to buy you an ice cream to enjoy on a park bench on a hot day of the summer.
Really, it's poo, it should have a lid on.

Brockley Dog Poo Collecting Society said...

Ever stuck your hand inside one of the hot-bins? They're full of condoms and KY jelly. Who keeps leaving that in there?

urbansurgery said...

Smell shouldn't really be an issue as it's already general best practice to not put bins next to benches in parks. Initially this was due to insect harassment (by insects not of them).

The downside of that policy in parks is the building up of chicken'n'chips boxes that surround park benches as the 10m walk to the bin was too far for some.

As a thumbs up to Glendale they empty the bins pretty much daily. Plus, no lids means no more melted dog poo bin lids.

max said...

Quite convincing argument, let's see this summer, the proof is in the poodding.

Anonymous said...

Is it organic?

Anonymous said...

Is it any good for Roses ?

max said...

If you bury the dog they grow even better.

Hugh said...

Whatever happened to those yellow dog images stencilled on all the pavements round here? Did we pay for them to be removed? Was someone held accountable?

Tamsin said...

They faded - the way such things do. But there is talk about re-doing them on the paths in the Park.

Brockley Dogstencilling Society said...

We stopped laying them down when it emerged that local special interest groups were effectively using them as signposts.

Headhunter said...

The dog poo stencils are still visible all over the conservation area, just shabby, peeled and faded looking exactly as predicted

Anonymous said...

In Ladywell Fields all the bins have been uprooted and left lying on their side.

Is this to facilitate dogs, who can't reach?

Anonymous said...

One for Lou...

About 2 years as part of an expensive makeover of Ladywell Fields new bins were installed that fitted in with the landscape.

Now it seems all the bins are to be replaced with a more 'urban' design to remind residents they live in a deprived area.

How much was wasted looking at bin designs, selecting, getting approval and installing to fit a rural landscape to be replaced another set of new bins.

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