So when did this practice become acceptable?

First published in Letters

LAST July I happened to notice an unpleasant smell whilst walking my dog past a litter bin near Hoylake roundabout.

Out of curiosity and concern I retraced my steps and the smell became quite offensive and nauseous.

I soon realised that the smell was from dog excrement wrapped in plastic bags and placed there by some thoughtful citizens.

This experience prompted me to ask the following questions:

Since when has the dumping of dog filth into public litter bins become an acceptable practice?

What could happen, for example, if a young child reached in to place litter in this bin and was contaminated by this mess?

Could this be a health hazard, not only for children but for council workers who have to perform the unpleasant task of emptying their contents?

Does this also mean that normal rubbish placed in these bins, such as cardboard, paper and cans, becomes impossible to recycle?

Several years ago, because of pollution being caused by plastic bags, the Irish government decided to ban their use, resulting in a cleaner environment for that country and thereby a reduction in the consumption of oil used in their manufacture.

Dog ownership should now be seen for what it is, anti-social, selfish and inconsiderate towards other members of society.

Something needs to be done to combat this menace to our environment.

 

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3:21pm Tue 19 Feb 13

No.9 says...

Sorry, can't agree with you that dog ownership is anti-social, selfish and inconsiderate. I fear a few dog owners are though... perhaps this is what you meant.
Sorry, can't agree with you that dog ownership is anti-social, selfish and inconsiderate. I fear a few dog owners are though... perhaps this is what you meant. No.9
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3:30pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Sallyjord says...

What a very very narrow minded person slating all dog owners as anti social......
You cant win as a dog owner..... first of all we are slated for leaving dog mess on the floor now we are slated for caring enough to take the time to clean up after our dogs ! ! !. I for one would rather have it in a bin than treading in it.
May I point out that maybe if the local council provided more dog mess bins then ordinary bins would not have to be used.
What a very very narrow minded person slating all dog owners as anti social...... You cant win as a dog owner..... first of all we are slated for leaving dog mess on the floor now we are slated for caring enough to take the time to clean up after our dogs ! ! !. I for one would rather have it in a bin than treading in it. May I point out that maybe if the local council provided more dog mess bins then ordinary bins would not have to be used. Sallyjord
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10:43am Wed 20 Feb 13

AyveeBee says...

There's a couple of questions I think need asking to this letter.
1) As this person is a dog owner themselves, can I ask what they do with their dog mess, rather than place it in a bin? And what would they suggest is an appropriate thing to do with any dog mess?
2) secondly, "if a young child reached in to place litter in this bin and was contaminated by this mess?" Rather than mouldy food, drinks cans, and other rubbish that is placed in bins?
3) The Irish plastic bag ban that is mentioned. This is relevant, how? It wasn't a ban on dog mess.

it seems that some people are now just using the letters page in order to garner a reaction from small minded people with nothing better to do than....oh.
There's a couple of questions I think need asking to this letter. 1) As this person is a dog owner themselves, can I ask what they do with their dog mess, rather than place it in a bin? And what would they suggest is an appropriate thing to do with any dog mess? 2) secondly, "if a young child reached in to place litter in this bin and was contaminated by this mess?" Rather than mouldy food, drinks cans, and other rubbish that is placed in bins? 3) The Irish plastic bag ban that is mentioned. This is relevant, how? It wasn't a ban on dog mess. it seems that some people are now just using the letters page in order to garner a reaction from small minded people with nothing better to do than....oh. AyveeBee
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10:42am Thu 21 Feb 13

Dave the Dog says...

"Since when has the dumping of dog filth into public litter bins become an acceptable practice?" Where haveyou been for the past 20 years? Wirral Council gained agreement from the Waste Authority for dog waste to be placed in litter bins. This saved the cost of using dog waste bins which had to be treated as 'special waste' with a seperate collection and disposal. If memory serves me well it was about £70 per bin in those days.

"LAST July I happened to notice an unpleasant smell whilst walking my dog past a litter bin near Hoylake roundabout." followed by "Dog ownership should now be seen for what it is, anti-social, selfish and inconsiderate towards other members of society. " well you have certainly shown yourself to bethe latter. I must assume that you do clean up after your own dog. You do don't you?
"Since when has the dumping of dog filth into public litter bins become an acceptable practice?" Where haveyou been for the past 20 years? Wirral Council gained agreement from the Waste Authority for dog waste to be placed in litter bins. This saved the cost of using dog waste bins which had to be treated as 'special waste' with a seperate collection and disposal. If memory serves me well it was about £70 per bin in those days. "LAST July I happened to notice an unpleasant smell whilst walking my dog past a litter bin near Hoylake roundabout." followed by "Dog ownership should now be seen for what it is, anti-social, selfish and inconsiderate towards other members of society. " well you have certainly shown yourself to bethe latter. I must assume that you do clean up after your own dog. You do don't you? Dave the Dog
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2:00pm Thu 21 Feb 13

bickyboy says...

So now dog owners are now being damned if they don't dispose of their pets' mess properly (and rightly so) and damned if they do, which (like the contents of the bin you returned to sniff whilst your poor dog stood there waiting to complete its walkies) is complete rubbish.

Would the letter writer like to suggest an acceptable alternative to dumping bags of pet waste in bins which are already used to dispose of dirty nappies and worse?

I know: let's pass a law to make dogs wear nappies; although then you would no doubt spend some of your spare time standing around and sniffing domestic bins instead.

I sincerely hope your own dog is as unjudgemental as the rest of its species, otherwise I reckon it probably regards you with ill-concealed contempt.

To coin a phrase, something needs to be done to combat the menace to our environment of people who stand around sniffing bins when they could be doing something more useful.
So now dog owners are now being damned if they don't dispose of their pets' mess properly (and rightly so) and damned if they do, which (like the contents of the bin you returned to sniff whilst your poor dog stood there waiting to complete its walkies) is complete rubbish. Would the letter writer like to suggest an acceptable alternative to dumping bags of pet waste in bins which are already used to dispose of dirty nappies and worse? I know: let's pass a law to make dogs wear nappies; although then you would no doubt spend some of your spare time standing around and sniffing domestic bins instead. I sincerely hope your own dog is as unjudgemental as the rest of its species, otherwise I reckon it probably regards you with ill-concealed contempt. To coin a phrase, something needs to be done to combat the menace to our environment of people who stand around sniffing bins when they could be doing something more useful. bickyboy
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7:57am Fri 22 Feb 13

littlestar84 says...

I think this letter is a wind up, "last July", come on. Think it's ill-performed sattire.
I think this letter is a wind up, "last July", come on. Think it's ill-performed sattire. littlestar84
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4:55pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Heycock says...

I wish the person who walks their dog along Barlow Avenue in Bebington every morning (before anyone else is about) would clean up after it. Roughly same place, same consistency, same size. Same dog. If i see you, I won't report you...I'll see where you live and return it to you.
I wish the person who walks their dog along Barlow Avenue in Bebington every morning (before anyone else is about) would clean up after it. Roughly same place, same consistency, same size. Same dog. If i see you, I won't report you...I'll see where you live and return it to you. Heycock
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9:50pm Mon 25 Feb 13

spamfiend says...

First off, to the OP, why did it take you from July to now to write in to the Globe? Nothing else to moan about?

Secondly, I lived in Ireland for quite a while and yes they don't use plastic bags freely (you have to pay around 25 cents to get one) but to be honest, their dogs cr@p anywhere. Go to Co. Kerry where I lived and the dog muck is everywhere as is the tipping of rubbish from cars because in Ireland you have to pay privately for bins to be taken away or pay to go onto the local tip.
First off, to the OP, why did it take you from July to now to write in to the Globe? Nothing else to moan about? Secondly, I lived in Ireland for quite a while and yes they don't use plastic bags freely (you have to pay around 25 cents to get one) but to be honest, their dogs cr@p anywhere. Go to Co. Kerry where I lived and the dog muck is everywhere as is the tipping of rubbish from cars because in Ireland you have to pay privately for bins to be taken away or pay to go onto the local tip. spamfiend
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