Responsible dog ownership help in fight against dog fouling

Published Friday, 19 March 2021

An innovative partnership to help dog walkers and tackle dog mess in parks is continuing, with additional dog waste bags dispensing stations being installed.

Grounds maintenance and landscape creation specialists, idverde, working on behalf of the London Borough of Bromley, first teamed up with Tikspac in September 2017 with the aim of making a big effort to reduce the impact of dog fouling in the parks and open spaces of Bromley. Friends of Parks groups are supporting the initiative and helping keep stations supplied with bags.

24 stations were located at various dog fouling hot spots and a further 20 stations are now being installed. Sponsored by local businesses, the stations were put in place making 100 per cent fully compostable dog waste bags freely available to dog owners.

The aim of the project was to allow for those moments when owners may have forgotten or simply run out of bags; with stations close by, having no bag was no longer an excuse. Promoting the use of fully compostable and biodegradable bags may also encourage behavioural change and reduce the usage of single use plastics, empowering the community to self-serve and to do the right thing, therefore benefitting the whole community. This was a win-win #lovewhereyoulive.

The results to date are an impressive 112,500 bags dispensed annually through the London Borough of Bromley.

Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment and Community Services said, “A big thank you to all involved and to our Friends of Parks groups who are practically supporting this. Our ongoing responsible dog ownership campaign has many facets and this is very much part of this and is a practical help to dog walkers. There are a minority of dog walkers who don’t clear up after their dog and I would encourage all dog owners to behave responsibly and this is something we are actively monitoring and we can and will take enforcement action.”

Patrick Phillips of idverde said: “There are an estimated 8 million dogs in the UK. Between them they produce over 1,000 tonnes of faeces every day. This initiative is designed to encourage more people to take responsibility for cleaning-up after their pets and supports idverde and the borough of Bromley’s aim to create attractive community settings that are safe and hygienic.

“Since the initial installation of the Tikspac stations, we have seen a significant reduction in dog fouling within those locations.  The community champions and volunteers that help to refill the stations have been fantastic and we are proud to serve such a great community.”

The TiksPac concept originated in Sweden, where the initiative has been a huge success. Now, TiksPac UK is already working with 30 UK councils.

Julie Cook of TiksPac said: “By sponsoring these stations companies are helping to reduce dog fouling, which is a perennial problem for many local authorities. With current events as they are, people are more often out walking and making use of local public open spaces, so dog fouling and littering are more prominent than ever.  The benefits of tidy and clean outdoor spaces go beyond the environmental impact and encompass our mental health and wellbeing as well; this is significant now that we are being encouraged to live locally and enjoy where we live.

“Numerous studies show that people are more likely to drop litter in areas where there are already high volumes of rubbish, including dog waste. Where litter levels are low, people are more likely to dispose of all types of waste responsibly.

“A survey of the councils we’re working with has shown that where TiksPac stations are installed there’s an average decrease in dog fouling complaints of 49.4 per cent and a 56.8 per cent decrease in overall littering in the same areas. That has to be a positive result.”

This project has been wholly sponsored by the collective group of the following companies:

  • Ashmore Veterinary Centre
  • Cannon Cars Ltd
  • The Neighbourhood Vet
  • Waggles Pet Emporium
  • Allpets Veterinary Clinic
  • Froglands Purrfection Cattery
  • Tutor Doctor Bromley
  • Homezone Property Services
  • The Doggy Bakery
  • Petpals (Chislehurst) Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Services
  • Farringtons School 

Cook added: “The TiksPac approach is designed to save local authorities time and money as volumes of dog waste and litter decrease. But most importantly, we see this as the first step towards creating a safer, cleaner community.”

For further information on sponsoring a Tikspac station in your local area, please contact Tikspac. 

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For media enquiries, please contact Andrew Rogers, Communications Executive, on 020 8461 7670 or email andrew.rogers@bromley.gov.uk.