Residents call for more bins to curb dog dropping problem
WITH HER new dog in toe, Bec Nightingale as just begun to notice the bad habits other dog walkers get up to.
The Point Vernon woman said she had seen some on her daily walks leave their pet's bagged droppings along the foreshore.
"It's my pet hate and I certainly don't do that," she said.
Bec was joined by her Sunshine Acres friend Robyn Johns yesterday, who agreed with her assessment.
While Councillor Robert Garland told the Chronicle last Tuesday that 74 bins were dotted along the foreshore, Robyn said they weren't strategically placed.
"Often you will have to walk hundreds of meters to find the next one," Robyn said.
"People don't want to drive to a spot, take their dog for a walk and then have to cart the bag of poo in the car to dispose of at home."
While Cr Garland said the foreshore had plenty of bins, he acknowledges the problem..
"The bins are placed according to usage (and) more bins (are placed) closer together in more popular areas," he said.
The bags (filled with dog excrement) were picked up by volunteers during Clean Up Australia Day (in March)."
Cr Garland said dog owners should bag their dog's faeces.
"It is better to bin the waste,rather than leave it behind," he said.
"(This can) cause problems such as algae blooms."