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Your county and community councils spend a lot of money, time and effort cleaning public areas with litter and dog poo, all of which could be saved if everyone living in our communities were as responsible as the vast majority are.
Litter includes packaging, food, cigarette ends up to a refuse bag. It’s an offence to throw or drop litter in any place to which the public have access; this includes littering from vehicles (section 87 Environmental Protection Act 1990).
Dog fouling is an issue for most of our towns and villages. It is the most offensive type of litter and is consistently raised as a matter for public concern. It can have health risks such as Toxocariasis, an infection caused by roundworm parasites which can be found in dog faeces. If you need more information contact Environmentalhealth@monmouthshire.gov.uk
Where there is evidence a person has littered or failed to pick up their dog poo, they will be given a fixed penalty notice which is a fine of £75 to be paid within 14 days (reducing to £50 if paid within 10 days). Failure to pay will result in Monmouthshire County Council prosecuting the offender in the magistrates court.
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Please make sure you dispose of your litter properly or carry a dog litter bag when you walk your dog. You can then put it in any public litter bin or take it home and put it in your black bag for the household refuse collection.
You may use a litter bin or a dog waste bin to dispose of dog waste you pick up whilst walking the dog away from home, but please do not use them for disposing of dog waste from your home or garden.
If you are close to home or need to dispose of dog waste from your home or garden, place it in your household waste bags.
Litter bins and dog waste bins are not intended for disposing of large quantities of bagged dog waste Emptying dog waste bins is expensive and many are only emptied fortnightly and will quickly fill up if used for disposal of bulk quantities of dog waste. Please use bins thoughtfully and responsibly or they may be removed.
We will take action if council officers, police officers or residents report an incident. If you believe you have witnessed an offence of littering or dog fouling please fill in our e-form. Some of our Town and Community Councils are joining the ‘Red Card’ scheme, as detailed below. If you have witnessed dog fouling in any of the following areas, please report it to us:
- Goetre Fawr
- Llangybi Fawr
- Magor with Undy
- Abergavenny Town Council
- Trellech United Community Council
- Llanfoist Fawr
- Mitchell Troy
- St Arvans