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‘Dirty protest’ begins after dog bins removed

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 01, 2013

By HELEN KREFT

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DOG bins have been permanently removed from a beauty spot near Swadlincote after residents failed to empty them, a charity has claimed.

The National Forest Charitable Trust, which manages the Albert Village lake site, said it removed the bins after they became full and overflowing because nearby residents failed to empty them and it would be cheaper for the charity to just remove the facilities.

Photographs have since been taken of where the bins once stood and the mess left behind.

Kim Geering posted the pictures onto the Mail’s Facebook page, saying: “Since the removal of the dog bins the site has become a complete tip and hazardous to adults and children alike. The responsible dog owners amongst us are taking our own dog bags home, but obviously there is some form of protest against the bin removal going on as its like this at all of the locations where there was previously a bin.”

Mike Ballantyne, director of the National Forest Charitable Trust, said: “We are running quite a big campaign to train dog owners to take their mess home.

“We made the mistake of putting dog bins out after a meeting with local people who said they would empty them but after a month no one was emptying them and we had to do it.

It was basically me travelling round in my own car.

“We don’t have the money to empty the bins. Its either spend £30,000 to empty them or get rid of the bins and try and raise people’s awareness and put signs up but some people are ripping the signs down.

“The issue we have is because we are a charity and the site is private then we cannot get local councils to empty the bins. Then we have situation where we allow people onto our sites for free but spend money tidying it up.

“Anyone who hangs a bag on the bin which isn’t there is breaking the law. It is a fineable offence.”

He also added that hygiene containers are available and can be clipped onto a belt.

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 16 2013, 2:08PM

    I've had another look at this issue. It seems dog mess is classified as "Offensive waste". This means it requires a licenced carrier to move it to a designated disposal site. It is not reasonable to expect a member of the public to have one. If The National Forest Charitable Trust do not know this then they can't have one themselves.

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  • Roger10  |  February 13 2013, 5:14PM

    Seems a bit daft to me to expect residents to empty the bins. Why cant the dog owners simply drop the bag in their own bin when they get back from walking the dog!

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 03 2013, 12:05PM

    It was a nice idea, but who did they think was going to dispose of a large amount of dog mess when some people can't be bothered to take their own dog mess home with them?

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 03 2013, 10:01AM

    Even if residents were prepared to empty these bins, what would they then do with it? They can't just put it in their dustbin, the council would rightly have something to say about that. A lot of refuse gets sent to recycling centres, what would staff there think of dealing with sacks of dog mess? Would the Burton Mail accept suggestions from their readers about solutions to this problem?

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 03 2013, 9:52AM

    I am a resident and do not recall being asked (or agreeing) to empty the bins around the lake. Blaming the residents is not the way to tidy the lake up, it's become a health risk for the many fmailies who use this area for walks. Considering it's part of the "Conkers Circuit", a set of running circuits, I would of thought more would be done to clean the area up. While we all appreciate that the trust is a charity and can't police the area full time, the problem should not be forced on to the residents (most of which are not dog owners). The designated car park, which could be used to raise a small amount of funds is permenantly locked and is therefore not generating any revenue. This also results in cars parked on the estate blocking residents parking. The small flyer sized information posters attached to the posts where the bins used to be do not seem to be noticable to the dog walking public. I should note there ARE a handful of responsible dog owners who we've seen removing their waste, sadly they are outnumbered by those who couldn't care less.

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 02 2013, 10:15AM

    There is no way this place should not have this facility. As a Dog owner who has used this location, I am perfectly happy to clean up after my dog but do not want to carry the bag round/take it home. I want to dispose of it responsibly, but equally conveniently. I took my dog here shortly after this decision was made and to be honest it was disgusting. The result of this decision is that what could and should be a beautiful area for walkers/runners/dog owners is frankly an embarrassment.

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