There are more than 620 dog 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, to report a full/ damaged dog bin or to request a bin in a new location please call or email us using the contact details to the right.
Allowing dogs to foul and not clean up after them is illegal as well as being anti-social. Offenders can expect a fixed penalty notice of £50 or prosecution in some cases.
Estimates put the British dog population at around 6.8 million, producing 900 tonnes of faeces per day.
Dog walkers must scoop their dog mess up from all designated land to which the public have access.
- 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
If you spot someone who hasn't cleared up after their dog then you should note what happened as soon as possible. Where known, include the name and address of the person in charge of the dog, a description of the dog plus details of the date, time and place of the offence.
If you want to report a problem with dog mess or to report dog fouling, please call or email customer services.
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 can be purchased from pet shops, veterinary surgeries or stores. Dispose of faeces in a poop-scoop bin or take the bag home.
Littering is an offence - if you are seen littering you could be fined with a fixed penalty notice.
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.
Central Bedfordshire Council is 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, Central Bedfordshire is 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 of Central Bedfordshire 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
Council 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 send details by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning 0300 300 8302
- 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