Dog Fouling

Find out more about dog fouling and the Green Dog Walkers Scheme below

Dog Fouling

Under the Litter Pollution Acts (1997-2009) it is an offence not to clean up after your dog. If your dog has fouled in a public place it is your responsibility to dispose of it in a proper manner. If you don't clean up your dogs waste you can receive a fine of €150 or a fine in the District Court of up to €3,000. Dog owners cause a health hazard by not removing their dog waste from streets, parks, beaches, playgrounds and other public places where people and children walk and play. Dogs are largely responsible for an infection known as toxocariasis which mostly affects children. Dog waste can be placed in any litter bin. Please help to keep Fingal free from dog fouling by playing your part.

Green Dog Walkers

Green Dog Walkers is a regional programme involving most of the Councils' in the Leinster area. It is a non-confrontational, friendly way to change attitudes about dog fouling.  Green Dog Walkers is a community based scheme that volunteers in the community can adopt in their own area and promote. Download a Green Dog Walker Leaflet.

Volunteers wear a Green Dog Walkers armband which signifies that they have "taken the pledge" to always:

  • clean up after their dog
  • wear the armband or put the Green Dog Walkers collar on their dog when walking
  • carry extra dog waste bags
  • be happy to be approached to 'lend' a dog waste bag to those without
  • be a friendly reminder to other dog walkers to clean up after their dogs

The green arm band acts as a friendly reminder to please pick up after your dog.   All you have to do is sign the Green Dog Walkers Pledge , and return by email or post to the Environmental Awareness Section. then a  Green Dog Walker armband and a bone dog bag dispenser will be posted to you.