Spray paint stencils on pavements and pathways are being used across Gedling borough to tackle areas notorious for dog mess and litter.
Gedling Borough Council are now using the special spray paint and stencils to mark roads, pavements and pathways with messages to “bin it” and “clean it up”.
The paint is bio-degradable which allows the stencils to be used in different areas for short periods for maximum impact.
Street cleansing staff and community wardens have been marking places outside schools and community areas with brightly coloured paint asking people to pick up after their dogs and to put their rubbish in the bin.
Anyone who fails to clear up after their dog can incur a fine of up to £1,000 in the courts, and it’s also an offence to throw down or drop litter; those caught in the act receive a fine of up to £2,500.
Street cleansing staff and wardens use a number of methods to tackle dog-fouling and littering, including patrols, placing warning signs on lampposts and posting leaflets through doors that remind dog owners of their duties and appeal for public tip-offs.
Councillor Peter Barnes, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “These stencils will stand out and raise awareness of the ongoing issues of littering and dog fouling in the area. They act as a reminder to people that they have a duty to clean up after themselves. We have the same issues as any other borough so anything to prevent it is welcome.”