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Award for dog bag scheme

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Friday 8 September

Dog fouling scheme scoops national award

An innovative local scheme to help make sure dog owners clean up after their pets has won a national award.

Swale Borough Council’s TiksPac scheme has won the Best Community and Neighbourhood Initiative at the prestigious Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Awards.

The awards recognise excellence in local government frontline services across the UK.

The TiksPac scheme involved 30 stations being installed at popular dog-walking locations across the borough, to provide dog walkers with free dog waste bags to pick up after their pets.

The scheme is funded by local businesses advertising on the stations, which not only brings them increased exposure to potential customers, but also demonstrates their support for improving the local environment.

Cllr David Simmons, cabinet member for environment and rural affairs at the council said:

"It’s great to see our innovative approach to tackling one of the most irritating problems for local people has been recognised, and I’m grateful to the officers who helped set up the scheme.

"We were the first local authority in the UK to trial the TiksPac scheme which had already been successful across Scandanavia.

"I’d also like to thank the local businesses that have backed this scheme. It’s great to see their support for our work to provide cleaner parks and streets.

"These stations aren’t a substitute for owners taking their own bags when walking their dogs. But, we understand that people can forget, or not have enough, so I hope this helps when people might be caught out.

"It also provides a gentle nudge to those that don’t take responsibility for their pets, and hopefully encourage them to think of others, and make it easier for them to do the right thing."

To win an award councils had to show they are actively implementing innovative ideas, supporting continuous improvement, and developing new strategies to deliver local services whilst also highlighting their commitment to innovation and adaptation in local services.

To find out more about what the council does to tackle dog fouling, including how to report issues, visit our dog fouling pages

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