Flashy Publicity Does Not Stop Littering or Dog Fouling

It is the end of Clean Cornwall Week and Cornwall Council is claiming it to be a success. I will agree to this to a point, but for me all the flashy publicity will not solve the problem without more bins being provided. You can ask people to not to litter, but without the bins, it will not stop.

For the last few months I have been trying to get more bins, especially dog waste bins into Porthleven. I know of five dog waste bins that should be in place, but are missing. I have asked repeatedly for these to be replaced, but I am told over and over again there is no money for them to be replaced.

As a compromise I have said I would settle for three of the missing five to be replaced. Again, this has resulted in a no. So frustrated with this stance I wrote to the Portfolio Holder asking for his intervention. This letter from me was sent over 20 days ago, I followed it up asking for an update on the 12th Sept. As yet, I have not had a complete answer to my request.

The recently formed PIP group is trying to help clean up the local environment, but It cannot do this on its own. So if Cornwall Council really wants to clean up our towns and villages make sure there is money available for bins. As without them you are not going to solve littering, or worse dog mess.

For information: dog waste can be placed into standard litter bins.


  • Stephen Richardson

    Hi Andrew – when you say dog waste can go into standard bins – does that apply all over Cornwall? If so, are dog waste bins provided because they are smaller and, presumably, less expensive than standard bins?

  • Cllr Andrew Wallis

    From the information I have been told is dog waste can go into general litter bins.

    I was informed that dog waste bins are more expensive to empty because the waste is classed as hazardous waste and therefore is more expensive to collect.

    Before you say something I know it seems strange that in a normal waste bin its fine, but in a dog bin it is more expensive. I don't make the rules…

  • Anonymous

    Dog waste can spread parasites including hookworms, ringworms, tapeworms and Salmonella. Parasite eggs can linger for years.

    Dog waste is teaming with E. Coli and other harmful bacteria including fecal coliform bacteria, which causes serious kidney disorders, intestinal illness, cramps and diarrhea in humans.

    Dog waste often contains roundworm larvae, which cause blindness. If a human ingests a roundworm larva, it can migrate through the body causing disease to the brain, lungs, kidneys, liver, heart or eyes. So when people (especially children) touch soil, dog toys or anything that has been in contact with dog faeces and then touch their mouths, they can become infected.

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