Grab it, bag it and bin it

Dog fouling is a national problem and many members of our community are affected by dog fouling which occurs in their local area and/or recreational areas. Legislation was introduced to make it an offence to allow your dog to foul public land and fail to clean it up immediately.

In many areas we have installed dog waste bins as a facility for responsible dog owners who clear up after their dogs and the use of litter bins for the disposal of dog waste is now permitted.

Our Neighbourhood Wardens and Neighbourhood Dog Warden regularly patrol the borough and where necessary will issue fixed penalty notices of £80 to any person who has allowed their dog to foul and failed to clear, with a prosecution charge if the individual does not pay the fixed penalty notice.

If you are regularly seeing someone allowing their dog to foul in a public place without cleaning it up, then you can complete a diary form. This will then be used to assist us with our patrols.

Please note that the information given is treated in the strictest confidence.

Enforcement of the Dog Fouling Law

Dog Control Orders make it is an offence to allow your dog to foul in a public place, without clearing it away immediately and disposing of it properly.

Disposing of it properly means placing it in one of the bins provided by us or taking it home, putting it in another bag and placing inside your wheelie bin.

If you are regularly seeing someone allowing their dog to foul in a public place without cleaning it up, then you can pass this information onto our Neighbourhood Warden Service on 0115 907 2244. Every dog fouling complaint is investigated. Our Neighbourhood Warden Service will visit the area and if possible, put up signs to remind people about the laws on dog fouling.

A text alert system for members of the public to use if and when they witness a dog fouling has been set up by the Neighbourhood Dog Warden Service. If you witness someone allowing their dog to foul you can text the time, date, location and a brief description of the dog and owner to 07792 701 583. Alternatively this number may also be used to advise us of any dog fouling that requires cleaning up. We aim to provide the appropriate action within 48 hours of the initial report. Text messages to this number cost the standard network rate and a reply will be received when actioned by us.

Prosecution of offenders

Our Neighbourhood Wardens actively patrol the Borough to catch dog owners who do not clear up after their dog has fouled.

A fixed penalty notice of £80 will be issued to anyone who allows their dog to foul on public land.

We will actively prosecute anyone that does not discharge their liability to conviction in court, this could lead to a fine in court.

Solutions not to get prosecuted:

  • If you have a garden encourage the dog to "go" there. You can then bury the mess or alternatively clean it up and bin it.

  • If you walk your dog always carry the means to clear up after your dog. A simple plastic bag will do the trick or obtain a poop scoop from your local pet shop.

  • Remember to take a bag or poop scoop like you'd remember a lead. Every time your dog fouls "bag it and bin it".

  • Remember rain does not wash the problem away. Never let your dog out alone to 'go to the loo.'

Contact us


Pride-line: 0115 850 8383 (24 hours confidential hot-line)
Our PRIDE in Erewash Campaign has a confidential 24-hour hotline which gives residents the power to tackle environmental crime in their local area.

For out of hours emergencies please call 0115 907 2244.