Dog poop bags should go in your green lid bin – or residents pay twice, or three times! All residents pay council tax to AVDC for the collection and removal of their general waste – this is where your dog poop bags should be placed. The parish council pays AVDC to visit the village twice a week during the summer to empty dog bins, and weekly during the winter. Unfortunately, at present, no contractors can attend more frequently – although we are revisiting this for the forthcoming contract review. The funding for this collection service comes from the parish council element of your council tax, so all residents (including those without dogs) are effectively having to pay twice for the disposal of this waste. We are aware that some residents fill up big sacks of fouling from their garden, then drive to a public dog bin and try to feed it into the bins, which causes them to fill up too quickly leaving insufficient capacity for use by those walking their dog, making the parish continually pay for more dog bins and more emptying, which is then charged to residents via a higher council tax charge. If the bulk deliveries of fouling are left next to the dog bins and the bag splits open leaving it to spill onto the path, AVDC has to send out a specialist collection team, resulting in a third charge to everybody’s council tax. The parish council spends approximately £2.5k per year on dog fouling collections & bins – on top of the tax you pay to AVDC for your refuse collection and specialist teams. Whilst it is clearly better to bag & dispose of dog fouling than to leave it on the ground, please dispose of the fouling correctly in your green lid bin whenever possible. Dog bin emptying contract AVDC have recently brought their dog bin emptying service in house, rather than using their previous contractor. This has resulted in some teething problems and missed collections around the village. AVDC know that this level of service is unacceptable and are seeking to address the problems. Our current contract with AVDC terminates at the end of March, and we are in the process of seeking alternatives quotations and/or reassurance from AVDC that they are able to rectify the problems going forward. In the meantime, if you find that a dog bin is full, please take your dog poop bags home with you and place them in your green lid bin, or carry them with you to the next available empty bin. Please do not leave additional bags on/under/around the dog bins.