Dog fouling and ‘Don’t be a Tosser’ campaign win environment award for Daventry District Council

CIWM's Deputy Chief Executive Officer Chris Murphy presents the bronze award to Daventry District Council's Environmental Health Manager Paul Knight and Vanessa Kelly, Executive Officer for the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership.
CIWM's Deputy Chief Executive Officer Chris Murphy presents the bronze award to Daventry District Council's Environmental Health Manager Paul Knight and Vanessa Kelly, Executive Officer for the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership.

Daventry District Council’s efforts to improve the environment have won a national award.

The council won bronze in the small local authority category at the Clean Britain Award, organised by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.

The awards recognise and celebrate the achievements, innovations and contributions of companies, local authorities, community groups and professionals for their work across all aspects of the waste and resources industry.

DDC achieved the bronze award after impressing judges with its involvement in recent schemes for tackling dog fouling.

These included the paint spraying initiative, under which volunteers are given cans of brightly-coloured biodegradable paint to spray on dog mess in a bid to shock irresponsible owners into cleaning up after their pets, and the Council’s plans to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).

The PSPO, set to come into force on December 1, will require dog owners to carry a supply of dog poo bags or other means for picking up after their pet while out on walks, with those who fail to risking a £100 fixed penalty notice fine.

DDC was also praised for its involvement in the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership’s ‘Don’t Be a Tosser’ campaign to target roadside litter.

The award was presented to DDC during the CIWM’s Clean Britain Awards held at in London’s Grosvenor Square on November 5.

Councillor Chris Millar, leader of Daventry District Council and chairman of the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership, said: “We’re delighted to receive this award, which recognises the innovative approaches we have taken as a council towards keeping our district as clean and as tidy as it can be. Environmental crime can cause a real blight in our communities but we are doing all we can to tackle it and change people’s habits and this award is a reflection of that hard work.”

CIWM chief executive Steve Lee said: “With budget pressures tighter than ever, local authority teams have to be ever more resourceful in their efforts to keep our public spaces and places clean and safe for everyone to enjoy. It is essential, therefore, that these efforts are recognised and showcased so that good practice can be shared.”