Almost £6,000 in fines is still to be paid for dog fouling since 2011.
New figures from between 2011 and the end of 2015 show £5,955 is owed to local authorities in the North-east for dog mess charges.
And with the all the penalties issues amounting to £8,130, it means more than two thirds remain unpaid.
Councillor Ross Thomson, who is involved with several park groups in Aberdeen, said a “carrot and stick” approach was the best method. He said: “I think the fine is still important, it sends a signal that it’s not acceptable.
“The fines are the stick approach and the carrot part is done through raising awareness and campaigns – both are needed.”
Aberdeen City Council is still to recover £5,115 and Aberdeenshire Council has £840 outstanding.
In the Granite City, 143 penalties were issued over the period, with £2,055 worth being paid so far.
In Aberdeenshire, 17 notices were dished out over the five years. Just three have been recovered, amounting to £120.
A spokeman for Aberdeenshire Council said: “We pursue unpaid fines as far as we can then pass them on to the Procurator Fiscal.”