Teaming up with firm to tackle dog fouling and littering

Cllr David Paterson and Paul Buttivant from 3GS shaking hands outside the Council office

Published: Friday, 13th May 2016

Specialist enforcement firm 3GS have been named as the external contractor which will work alongside us to tackle dog fouling and littering.

3GS has been appointed as part of a 12-month pilot which empowers its officers to issue £80 fixed penalty notices for either dog fouling or littering, targeting known problem areas across the Borders.

The agreement is believed to be the first time a Scottish council and private company have teamed up on the issue of dog fouling.

When will the enforcement officers be in post?

The officers are expected to be in post by late-May. Alongside enforcement, they will also fulfil an education role.

Responsible dog ownership strategy

The one year pilot is part of our new responsible dog ownership strategy, which was approved by Councillors in February.

The strategy follows our extensive research to consider best practice from local councils across Scotland and the UK. This includes:

  • prevention
  • changing behaviour
  • introduction of enforcement officers targeting known blackspots
  • engagement with communities and volunteers

Councillor David Paterson, Executive Member for Environmental Services

“While we are keen to educate owners about the issue of dog fouling, the considerable feedback received from the public, communities and Councillors has indicated that enforcement is also crucial.

“That is why I am pleased to announce 3GS as the external contractor to work beside the Council by issuing tickets for dog fouling and littering.

“This is a 12-month pilot and will be reviewed regularly to understand its impact, before a longer term solution is recommended.

“We are carrying out a number of positive educational activities including the Green Dog Walkers scheme, but for those not willing to listen, they face an £80 fine or potential court appearance.”

3GS’s Managing Director, Paul Buttivant

“We are obviously delighted to be working with Scottish Borders Council as they implement this pilot following significant pressure from local residents concerned about the escalating problems created by environmental crime, in particular dog fouling and litter.

“Residents can be reassured that our officers are highly trained and will only issue fixed penalty notice to individuals who choose not to observe the law.”

Report a dog fouling blackspot

To report a dog fouling blackspot in the region, contact Customer Services by email or telephone 0300 100 1800.

Further information

More information on the Green Dog Walkers scheme, which encourages volunteers to take the pledge and help change attitudes to dog fouling, is available.

A dog fouling video has been produced by Hawick High News team to highlight the issue of dog fouling.

Images are available from our Flickr page.