16 January 2024

Doggy doo dumpers create a stink for Wombarra residents

| Michele Tydd
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Woman cleaning up dog poo in a park.

A woman does the right thing by cleaning up after her dog, but Wombarra residents are fed up with dog poo being dumped in their home bins. Photo: Envato/LightFieldStudios.

Dirty deeds by some dog owners are causing a stink in the exclusive northern seaside suburb of Wombarra.

Residents close to the beach and Jim Allen Oval are fed up with irresponsible dog owners and dog walkers who chuck their poo bags in private bins left out for garbage collection.

One long-term resident, who asked not to be identified, said houses in the vicinity were on the dog walking path and as such were easy targets for opportunistic poo dumpers, who struck either before or after the bins had been cleared.

“Dog ownership has skyrocketed over the years and while bags make it easier to pick up the waste, they have also made it easier to get rid of it into a nearby bin or the bush,” the resident said.

“We try putting the bins out late and collecting them quickly, but we usually get one dog bag a week in the red bin.

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“It’s way worse when they do it after the bin has been cleared because it has a week to cook in the sun,” he added.

It is not only the smell that is disturbing, but it also creates a maggot issue.

Dog defecation had ignited a few outbursts over the years, the resident said, who recalled a former neighbour who picked up the poop and flung it at the dog owner.

He believes the only answer is for Wollongong City Council to install easily accessible bins specifically for dog poo.

A council spokesperson said there were bins at the entry way to the beach at Scarborough Wombarra Surf Life Saving Club.

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“Residents can suggest a location for a new public bin online or by calling council on 4227 7111,” the spokesperson said.

“We will consider requests based on the proposed location, accessibility, and requirements for bin collection.

“There is no legislation around putting dog poo in residential bins out for collection.

“Dog poo, poo bags and pet litter should always be placed in red-lidded general waste bins which are sent to landfill.”

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