Bid to tackle dog fouling problem with poo bag dispensers in Aberdeen community

Brimmond Primary School has joined the effort to provide dog poo bags. Inset, a similar dispenser in Tillydrone.

An Aberdeen community group and primary school have come up with a new way to help win the war against dog fouling.

The Beacon and Bucksburn Community Learning Association has teamed up with Brimmond Primary School to create a take a penny, leave a penny-style scheme.

Plans involve attaching an improvised dog poo bag dispenser – made from a drinks bottle – to lampposts.

A sign would also be attached explaining that people who have found themselves without a bag can take one for free, and anyone who has a spare one can leave one behind.

The idea takes inspiration from a similar scheme in Tillydrone.

Councillor Graeme Lawrence, who represents the area, said: “Nobody’s got the excuse that they forgot to bring a bag with them.

“I think it’s a great idea. It takes that excuse away.

“Anything that gets the dog mess off the path is a good thing.

“We’re hoping to get the dog bags for free from the council at first.”

Cllr Lawrence said dog fouling is a regular issue in his ward.

He said: “It’s quite a big problem at the moment throughout Bucksburn.

“All the good dog owners get tarred with the same brush.

“The big problem is on the walking route to the school which is littered with it. It’s everywhere.

“It’s the kids that are suffering.

“Hopefully this will help to address it and if we can reduce it by half that would be a success.”

Cllr Lawrence said the plan was to launch the project by the end of the month.

He added: “If we can get it up and running by then it would be terrific for the community.”

The idea came after the Evening Express reported last week that city council officers were looking into a scheme which could give people council tax breaks if they help catch people not picking up after their dog.