Hanging of dog poo bags over trees has become a common phenomenon and it is getting out of hand – not only is it disgusting but its ruining our environment. The latest research has shown that as much as we now pick it up approx. 42% of waste doesn’t actually make it home or into a dog waste bin.
Recent discoveries by Bristol post are showing that over 1000 tons of dog poo from millions of dogs are hung on trees and fences by dog owners without a obvious reason. This doesn’t explain why dog owners are practicing such a disgusting offence (and rest assured this is an offence and if caught you might have to pay quite a hefty fine). Most of the dog owners when asked why they carry out such a practice admitted that they don’t know but it seems that because one person did it they have followed suit – now we are finding areas of our woodlands and meadows just covered in dog waste bags.
There is no excuse, but perhaps there can be some reasons – for instance I went to a lovely doggie beach recently with my best friend and as wonderful as it was there was not one dog waste bin. I am not making excuses for people who recklessly throw the filled bags but perhaps the lack of bins could be a reason?
So where did all the dog waste bins go? These are provided by local councils and when they are available they aren’t always emptied.
So what can be done to eradicate this disturbing and frankly unhealthy practice of throwing the bags into the woodland? When I was a child there was dog waste everywhere and these days you never see it, so why has it moved on now to picking it up and then flinging it into a tree?
What owners don’t necessary realize is that waste is not only ruining the aesthetics of our beautiful world but it’s actually dangerous one major effect of dog poo on the environment is Eutrophication where the fecal matter deposits nutrients to waterways causing algae to bloom and this is toxic to aquatic life. Another effect is that dog poo is much different from manure, it is very toxic because of the variety of foods that dogs eat. Dogs eat foods which are not natural plants compared to most herbivores.
Hanging dog poo bags on trees actually can burn the tree bark, causing discoloration of leaving and overtime actually destroying the tree. And do we really need to discuss the smell? Or the potential threat to personal health?
What can be done? Pick it up! Bag it! Bin it!
And if you really don’t want to be handling it or carrying it then I suggest you invest in an easy to use, easy to handle – Arms Length Scoop