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Chichester District Council asked resident about what they were most concerned about and it emerged that the people who live and work in the cathedral city in West Sussex are most concerned about littering, fly tipping and dog fouling.
In response, the council introduced its Against Litter campaign aimed at bringing residents, businesses, and communities together in the fight against litter.
The focus of the campaign is on urging people to become litter aware, take pride in their area, and take positive action.
The council spends over £1 million on cleaning up litter, fly-tipping, and dog fouling and it believes that this is money that could be far better spent on important services.
As part of the campaign, the council:
How can residents take part in the campaign?
They can sign up and receive news and updates about what’s happening
They can contact the council to report dog fouling, littering, or fly tipping
They can sign up to the ‘Adopt an Area’ scheme or become a community hero and host their own clean up events
They can make sure that any waste is disposed of safely and correctly (especially DIY/construction waste)
The Green Dog Walkers® scheme
The council is also part of the national community-led Green Dog Walkers® scheme, an initiative aimed at reducing dog fouling and encouraging responsible dog ownership. Over 40 councils across the UK take part in the scheme and it’s had great results in changing attitudes among dog owners.
Most dog owners are responsible, but the scheme is a reminder to those who aren’t so responsible that they need to clean up after their dog and keep them under control in public places.
Dog owners who sign up to the scheme sign a pledge to say that they:
Participants then get an enamel Green Dog Walkers® badge to display on their coat or dog lead, a car window sticker, and a leaflet about the campaign.
The idea is that Green Dog Walkers® are role models for dog owners everywhere. Not only do they always clean up after their pets, they make sure their dog is microchipped, keep it under control at all times, and make sure they’re being responsible and safe when they are around other animals and birds.
To find out more about Chichester Council’s litter campaign or the Green Dog Walkers® scheme, click here.
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