A popular Richmondshire walk has been revamped and brought with it a 50% decrease in incidents of dog fouling.
The Easby Walk between Richmond and Easby is part of the ‘Walk this Way’ initiative which sees more bins and signs placed along popular walks and in parks urging people to clean up after their pets.
The District Council has joined Dogs Trust / Keep Britain Tidy’s campaign which is setting up trails across the UK – all with route markers and new bins which accept all waste including dog fouling.
Lee Paris, Dogs Trust Senior Campaigns Officer said: “It’s shocking that while the majority of dog owners are responsible when it comes to picking up after their pooch, many will go to the trouble of bagging their dog poo but not binning it.
“We are delighted that we have been able to work with Richmondshire District Council to introduce dog walking routes via bins. Last year’s joint campaign with Keep Britain Tidy was such a success we hope this will encourage more people to bag and bin their dog’s poo. There’s a huge misconception that only dedicated dog bins are allowed but any public bin can be used to dispose of dog mess – it’s so easy, there really should be no excuse!”