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By Tristan Harris Wednesday 19 February 2014 Updated: 19/02 22:19
THE NUMBER of dog bins across Bromsgrove will be scaled down to declutter and improve the appearance of the district and to save cash, it was announced this week.
Bosses at the district council said those dog bins next to litter bins would be removed and dog owners would be urged to use normal litter bins to dispose of mess as it could be mixed with household waste as well as long as it was bagged tightly.
There will be a reduction in maintenance costs and, bosses claim, it lessens the likelihood the bins will become smelly and overflow as litter bins are emptied more frequently than dog bins.
Coun Mark Bullivant, whose portfolio covers waste management, said it was a sensible move and encouraged residents not to be concerned over the bin removals and look at the positives.
But the move has been criticised by the town's Labour Group.
Rubery councillor Peter McDonald said he had been contacted by dog walkers in the village who had become concerned with the removal of the bins.
And Labour leader Coun Luke Mallett said "Local residents are already concerned about the levels of dog mess in the district.
"Removing dog mess bins can only make the problem worse.
"The council is out of touch on the concerns of local taxpayers who want the council to do more to tackle anti-social behaviour issues such as dog mess, littering and grafitti - not less."
"The health risks, particularly to children, of dog mess are significant - the call to put dog mess in open litter bins could add to this."
For more on the removal, call the council's waste management team on 01527 881188.
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