Poo(ch) Days: Getting Communities Talking About Dog Poo
The events, to be held at Portobello and Ayr beaches (15th and 16th August respectively), aim to raise awareness of the harmful effects of dog poo on beaches and bathing water quality, and to encourage responsible dog ownership.
There will be fun activities on the day, including our free dog photography competition, 2-minute clean ups, games, prizes and more.
Additionally, there will be opportunity to ask questions, with City of Edinburgh and South Ayrshire Council on hand to provide educational activities.
Councillor Lesley Macinnes, Transport and Environment Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said:
“Dog fouling is a blight on our beautiful parks, open spaces and beaches – and it’s not just unsightly, it’s also downright dangerous. We’re very pleased to be teaming up with Keep Scotland Beautiful to help promote responsible dog ownership and rid our beaches of dog poo, which worsens bathing water quality and poses a real health risk to people enjoying the beach, especially young children. Help us tackle dog fouling – report it online and we’ll use the information to direct our enforcement.”
Councillor Ian Cochrane, Portfolio Holder for Environment for South Ayrshire Council, said:
“We are delighted to team up with Keep Scotland Beautiful’s #MyBeachYourBeach project to raise awareness about dog fouling. We encourage the public to use bins and for everyone to help take responsibility for keeping our wonderful outdoor spaces clean for all to enjoy.”
Dog poo is, for seven in ten people living in Scotland, the litter item which bothers them the most. But it’s not only unsightly, dog poo carries harmful bacteria which can make people sick, and if left on the beach can have harmful effects on the bathing water quality.
If you’re in either areas (or fancy a day trip), join us for a fun afternoon at the beach discussing how we can help improve the area for you, your community and your furry friends. Find out more about our My Beach, Your Beach project here.
Edinburgh event: https://www.facebook.com/events/408805306649967/.
13 August 2019