There are more than 620 dog waste bins installed across Central Bedfordshire. Dog waste can also be bagged and put into litter bins or taken home and put into the black wheeled bin.
Do not throw bags of dog waste into hedges or undergrowth.
If you would like some "No dog fouling" signs to put up where you live, report a full or damaged dog bin or to request a bin to be installed in a new location please let us know by using the contact details on the right hand side.
It is an offence to allow a dog, which you a responsible for, to foul and not clear it up immediately when in a public place.
- Footways and paths, including public footpaths
- Play areas, picnic sites and outdoor eating places
- Sports playing pitches, including five metre border
- Formal parks and land where the grass is cut
- Land outside schools and hospitals
- Car parks, public transport bays and surrounds
- Cycle ways and surfaced areas near to houses
- Shopping areas, markets and public circulation areas
- Cemeteries and war memorials
- Land surrounding toilets, recycling sites and public buildings
The dog wardens, authorised Council Officers and certain Rangers/Officers from The Greensand Trust, National Trust and Forest of Marston Vale have the power to issue Fixed Penalty Notices to members of the public who allow their dog to foul and fail to remove it.
The penalty for committing an offence contained in a Dog Control Order is a maximum fine of £1,000. Alternatively, the opportunity to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80 may be offered in place of prosecution. This can be reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days.
For more information contact the Anti-Social Behaviour Team on 0300 300 5686, email email@example.com or by post: Central Bedfordshire Council, Watling House, High Street North, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 1LF.
What should dog owners do?
Responsible owners do not allow their dogs to foul public places. Ideally, dogs should be trained from an early age to 'go at home' in their own garden before or after a walk, rather than during. If dog fouling does occur away from home the responsible owner will clean up after the dog.
Any suitable plastic bag can be used, or special poop-scoop bags which can be purchased from pet shops, veterinary surgeries or stores. Dispose of the faeces in a poop-scoop bin or take the bag home.
Central Bedfordshire covers an area of 716 square kilometres, with a number of major road networks running through the area. This means that there is a considerable length of highway verge that is mostly covered in grass.
We are responsible for cutting the majority of grass that is publically owned eg highway verges and amenity areas. However, there are many areas that are maintained by Town and Parish Councils, Housing Associations, developers or voluntary bodies. If you want to know who is responsible for what grass, please contact us.
In fulfilling its responsibilities as Highway Authority, we are required to keep verges safe and unobstructed and this is particularly important at road junctions where clear visibility for motorists and pedestrians is necessary. We are not required to cut grass for aesthetic appearances.
In rural areas, a number of grass verges have been designated as roadside nature reserves as they contain rare or endangered species of flora/fauna. Here the grass cutting regime is tailored to suit.
If you are a resident, you can use this new account to report grass cutting issues online. You can make reports about:
- badly cut grass
- damage to a road verge
- loose grass cuttings
Our contractors cover street cleansing of urban and rural areas of Central Bedfordshire on set schedules. The frequency of these schedules is determined by the type of area, litter concentration and level of detritus.
We work with our contractors to resource problem areas accordingly.
To report an area suffering with litter, gullies that needs sweeping or leaf fall on highway or council maintained land, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0300 300 8302.
Littering is an offence - if you are seen littering you could be fined with a Fixed Penalty Notice.
- Put litter in a bin
- If there are no bins, take your litter home
We have street cleansing operatives who are responsible for emptying these bins on a regular basis to ensure that no bin is overflowing. If you wish to report a litter bin that is full then please email email@example.com or telephone 0300 300 8302