dog waste, litter and grit bins

Dog Fouling - let's keep Breckland beautiful!

Most dog walkers are very responsible, but some individuals are not clearing up after their dogs and Breckland has experienced an increase in reports of fouling in recent weeks. Dog mess is unpleasant and can carry diseases like toxocariasis through contaminated soil, resulting in symptoms such as eye disorders, aches, dizziness, nausea and, in extremely rare cases, seizures/fits

Our Dog Warden, Mike Gardiner will be stepping up his patrols, especially in hot spot areas. He is also asking for residents' help if you are aware of someone who is not cleaning up after their dog, please call Mike on 07771 617417 with a note of times, dates and a description of the owner. Some dog owners may simply not be aware of their responsibilities and, in the first instance Mike will usually just have a quiet chat.

Dog owners have a legal obligation to clear up after their dogs and failure to do so can result in prosecution with a fixed penalty notice of £80, or if the case goes to court, up to £1000.

Let's keep Breckland beautiful for everyone!

Dale Wilder, Breckland Council Environmental Services Officer

Dog bins in Scarning:-

Scarning Water Meadows next to entrance at Gorse Close
Scarning Water Meadows next to entrance at Blackthorn Drive
Scarning Water Meadows next to entrance off Ted Ellis Way
On Scarning Water Meadows
Chapel Lane
Shipdham Lane
On Dereham Road near Blackhorse Close
In the lay by on Dereham Road near Chestnut Farm
On Dereham Road near junction with Rushmeadow Road
Draytonhall Road near junction with Brooks Drive
By Podmore Ford

Dog waste bins are mainly provided your parish council for use by dog walkers to dispose of mall amounts of dog waste whilst walking their dogs. Please ensure any dog waste is securely wrapped in a small plastic bag/poop scoop bag. Dog waste bins are not designed for carrier bags full of dog waste from your garden, this results in them being filled too quickly and overflowing.

What should I do with dog waste from my garden? You can place dog waste from your garden into your own green household waste bin, as long as it is securely wrapped, alternatively if you don't wish to do this, you can take it to a Norfolk County Council recycling centre

What should I do if there Isn't a dog bin close by?

If you are out walking your dog and there isn't a dog waste bin close by, you can place dog waste (again as long as it is :securely wrapped) into a litter bin. If either bin is full or not Available then please take it home and dispose of into your )own green household waste bin.

Litter Bins

Litter bins are mainly provided by town and parish councils across Breckland for use by the public to dispose of their litter then they are out and about. .litter bins should be used for this purpose only. If there isn't a litter bin close by then please take your litter home. Litter bins should not be used for excess household waste. If you have any excess household waste, this can be taken to the Norfolk County Council recycling centres, please call 03448008004 for information on your nearest recycling centre. Alternatively your household may be eligible for extra waste capacity. Please call 01362 656878 for more information.

Dog fouling

The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 allows local authorities to designate most public land as poop scoop areas without having to refer to central government. Previously, local authorities had to secure the agreement of central government to create the necessary byelaws. Under the new Act, failure to clear up on designated land is an offence subject to a maximum fine of £ 1000. Local authorities can also give offenders the option of paying a fixed penalty rather than go to Court. The main legislation relating to dog fouling is dealt with under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (Part IV). This only applies to England; legislation is slightly different in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. (Information from Keep Britain Tidy website. )


Under section 87 of the 1990 Act it Is an offence to throw down, drop or otherwise deposit, and then leave, litter. The offence now applies to all places that are open to the air, including private land and land covered by water. A person found guilty of the litter offence may be fined up to level 4 on the standard scale (currently £2500) in a magistrates' court. Local authorities can also give offenders the option of paying a fixed penalty notice rather than go to court.

Grit Bins

Grit Bins in Scarning can be found at the following locations:-
Allwood Avenue, near the Parish Council noticeboard.
  Between Allwood Avenue and Blackthorn Drive.
  Brooks Drive.
  Chapel Lane.
  Chestnut Road.
  Draytonhall Lane.
  Shipdham Lane.