Litter and Dog Bins
We provide litter and dog bins throughout the District to allow you to dispose of your litter/dog waste. Litter bins in busy areas may be emptied twice daily and dog waste bins are normally emptied once a week.
You can help us keep Mendip tidy by using the litter bins whenever possible. Litter in a public place is unsightly and can be dangerous to animals; it is also an offence (even if it's only a single sweet wrapper). The average fine for littering is around £75 but can be up to £2,500. So always try to use a litter bin - or take it home.
Dog Bins and Dog Fouling
The Dog (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 came into force on 1st May 1997. This Act means you are legally obliged to clear up after your dog if it fouls any land which is open to the air, and to which the public have access. Remember that contact with dog excrement can lead to blindness, from an infection called Toxocara canis.
Remember it is every dog owner's duty to clear up after their dog. You can make this easier by thinking and planning ahead. For instance, you can:
- encourage your dog to make its mess in your garden (if you have one) before going out for a walk
- take what you need to clear up any mess (for example a 'pooper scooper' from the pet shop, or a small trowel and a plastic bag)
- 'bag and bin' any mess your dog makes - but do be sure to bin it at home, not in a public place
- never let your dog out unsupervised when it needs to relieve itself.
What you can do
By using our online form or by emailing, telephoning or writing to us you can report damaged bins, apply for new bins or report dog fouling.