40 new free dog waste bag units have been installed across the Borough, doubling the existing network of 40 stations.
Following a successful trial at six sites by Surrey Heath Borough Council in late 2016, 40 of the innovative TiksPac stations offering free biodegradable dog waste bags were installed at parks, footpaths and recreation grounds across Surrey Heath last year (2018).
The initiative has received positive feedback from the public, reduced complaints about dog waste in these areas, and significant usage of the free bags by dog walkers.
Now that network has been doubled in size, thanks to investment by Petplan pet insurance, who are sponsoring the new stations.
For a full list and map of the 80 stations, go to www.surreyheath.gov.uk/tikspac
The TiksPac stations are cost neutral to the Council, thanks to sponsorship from local and national companies.
Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Environment and Health Cllr Vivienne Chapman said: “This is great news for Surrey Heath dog walkers and residents generally.
“The TiksPac initiative has been a great success so far and we’re delighted to extend it by a further 40 stations across the Borough.
“The feedback from dog owners so far has been positive, and we hope that by doubling the
number of TiksPac stations it will help with keeping our Borough clean, green and safe.”
Scandinavian company TiksPac have pioneered this environmentally-friendly initiative of units dispensing free biodegradable dog waste bags, located at footpaths, parks, recreation grounds and other public areas.
James Barnes, head of sales and partnerships at Petplan, said: “We’re really happy to be sponsoring these stations as not only do they encourage responsible pet ownership they are good for the local community and environment too.”
Petplan is encouraging owners to share their own special walking moments on social media by using the hashtag #WalkieMoments.
Surrey Heath’s canine campaigner Keith (a local resident black labrador) is a big fan of the stations, helping in his mission to encourage dog walkers to #BeLikeKeith, pick up after their pet and ‘bag it and bin it’.
The Council are committed to enforce dog fouling restrictions across Surrey Heath – members of the public who see people not picking up after their pet are urged to report it via www.surreyheath.gov.uk/report-it