Renfrewshire Dog Fouling Campaign Scoops Top Award


A campaign to crack down on dog fouling in Renfrewshire has bagged a national community safety award.

The Renfrewshire Wardens Service, part of Renfrewshire Council, won the Community Engagement Award at the Safer Communities Awards.

The award recognises the council’s hard work in tackling dog fouling in Renfrewshire over the 10 months since the campaign was launched.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure, said: “Approximately 1,000 tonnes of dog mess is produced a day in the UK and dog fouling is one of the most common complaints we receive from the public in Renfrewshire.

“While the majority of owners are responsible and pick up after their dogs, a careless minority are still leaving the mess behind for others to step in, spoiling our parks and streets. The dog fouling campaign was launched to clean up areas, take action against irresponsible dog owners and encourage the public to stand up and take an active part tackling the problem.”

The campaign identified 10 ‘hotspot’ areas across Renfrewshire, from which four pilot areas were chosen to launch the campaign.

Targeted patrols were carried out by the wardens in each area, as well as posters and leaflets being distributed warning dog owners that under the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 it is an offence not to remove your dog’s mess and they could be issued with a £40 Fixed Penalty Notice. Local residents were also encouraged to play their part by reporting anyone they see not clearing up after their dog.

Wardens also placed ‘stickers’ on all bins within the four areas advising the public that they could use any bin to dispose of bagged dog waste. As a result, the wardens noticed a marked increase in the use of all bins for disposing of dog waste and in some cases had to have bins emptied more frequently.
After the initial pilot period, 82% less dog waste was recorded in the four hotspot areas. Face to face customer surveys were also carried out in each area with 72 % of those taking part saying they had noticed a decrease in dog fouling.
In the weeks following the launch, 300 residents reported dog fouling through anonymous phone calls and emails and information continues to come to the service on a daily basis.
Targeted patrols were carried out to coincide with the times of habitual dog walking. This allowed wardens to be in the right areas at the right time to witness offenders and as a result 67 Fixed Penalty Notices were issued to irresponsible dog owners.

Councillor McGurk added: “This award is great recognition of the hard work that’s been carried out to tackle dog fouling so far, but the campaign is still going on and we are committed to taking action against those dog owners who continue to let our communities be spoiled by their irresponsible actions. We will also keep encouraging the public to identify these people and work with us to tackle this problem.”

Dog fouling can be reported online at, by phone on 0141 839 3499 or by email to