Morfa and Edern's Schoolchildren Shout: 'Bag it and Bin It!'

Date 15/05/2017
Ysgol Edern

Students of Ysgol Edern with Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns Officer Jonathan Neale

Morfa and Edern’s Schoolchildren Shout: ‘Bag it and Bin It!’

Children at Ysgol Morfa Nefyn and Ysgol Edern recently took the initiative with the problem of dog fouling in their community. The children were fed-up with finding dog mess on pavements and paths in their communities and so they decided to call Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns section in order to get help with their campaign. As part of the campaign, the children created colourful pictures to use as posters to put up around the community to remind dog owners to “bag it and bin it”.

Gwynedd’s Tidy Towns Officer, Jonathan Gwyn Neale, said: ‘I was very impressed with how creative the children of Morfa Nefyn and Edern were in response to this campaign, and it was very difficult to choose between their colourful images.  The final posters have been transferred onto hardback signs and will shortly be placed around the village to inform, educate and entertain.’

Nia Wyn Williams, Head Techer of Ysgol Babanod Morfa Nefyn said:  ‘It’s great that our children can get help to enable them to express their feelings about local issues that directly affect them.  Tidy Towns has given them a platform to speak to the wider community about the dog fouling problem in Morfa and it’s great that they’ve done it in a way that celebrates their creative energy.’

Meirwen Williams, Head Teacher of Ysgol Edern said: ‘The children were very enthusiastic about this campaign, and so they had great success in making the colourful posters informing people that they should ‘bag and bin’ their dog’s mess and put their litter in a bin. It will be good to see these signs around the area and let’s hope that they will make a difference to the behaviour of those who break the law.’

Gwynedd Councillor and local resident, Sian Wyn Hughes, said: ‘It’s been a pleasure to see the children’s creativity as they respond to this serious problem. The ‘Bag it and bin it’ and anti-litter message of the posters is clear from the colourful images and the children have responded brilliantly to the challenge. I now look forward to seeing their posters around the area and am sure they’ll make a difference.’

Gwyn Morris Jones, Gwynedd Council’s Head of Highways and Municipal said:  This campaign has now been running for a good few years with hundreds of schoolchildren given the chance to voice their concerns on litter and dog fouling.  I’m very glad that the scheme has given the youngest in our communities the chance to improve the cleanliness of their area.’

Though Gwynedd compares well with other areas in Wales for street cleanliness, littering and its effects are still a persistent problem blighting some of our communities. Those who thoughtlessly throw rubbish in any public place are committing a crime. A person found guilty of littering can receive a fine of up to £2,500.

Toxicariasis

Many dogs are infected with parasites which can be harmful to people, especially children. Toxocariasis is a disease caused when the eggs of toxocara worms are transferred from dogs to people through infected dog mess or soil. Infection can lead to illness and even blindness.

In Gwynedd it is a criminal offence to take a dog onto designated children’s play areas, school grounds, sports pitches and certain beaches (April-September) or to allow your dog to foul any public space. Offenders are liable to receive a £100 fixed penalty, with failure to pay potentially leading to a court summons and a fine of up to £1,000.

For more information regarding Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns scheme, contact the team on 01766 771 000 or send an e-mail to tidytowns@gwynedd.llyw.cymru

Tidy Towns is funded by a grant from the Welsh Government with the aim of improving the quality of the local environment.