Plea to dog owners to dispose of dog poo bags properly

Posted on: 26th January 2014

Dog owners across Cornwall are being called upon to ensure they clear up after their pets but also that they properly dispose of the dog poo bags.

Cornwall Council Senior Environmental Health Officer Kevin Brader says: “We are receiving reports that whilst dog owners are picking up after their pets, they are then leaving the bags and not disposing of them either by taking them home or holding on to them and putting them in a bin. It is important that once the mess has been collected that it is disposed of in an appropriate waste bin.”

Dog poo bags can be put in standard litter bins as well as dog waste bins.

Dog Poo Penalties

Those responsible for such anti-social behaviour can be issued with a fixed penalty notice for £80 for littering.

Cornwall Council undertake patrols across Cornwall and anyone seen not picking up after their dog has fouled or littering by not properly disposing of the bagged waste, will be issued with a fixed penalty notice.

All officers within the Council’s Community and Environmental Protection teams are authorised to serve fixed penalty notices, as are Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers and some town and parish council officers.

Members of the public are asked to report offenders who do not pick up after their dogs.

This can be done on:

  • the Cornwall Council website by clicking on the ‘report it’ link on the home page at
  • the Council’s Facebook page by clicking on the Report It button,
  • by calling 0300 1234 212.

The information that is useful when reporting includes:

  • Time, date and location of the offence.
  • Name and address of the offender (if known)
  • Description of dog
  • Registration number of the offenders vehicle (if appropriate)

If a member of the public provides sufficient information to proceed then a fixed penalty notice can be issued retrospectively. Cornwall Council would like to urge all responsible dog owners and non dog owners to assist in tackling this anti social behaviour.