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Brussels commune highlights dog poo problem, literally
The Brussels commune of Etterbeek is tackling the problem of dog poo on its footpaths in an unusual way. Instead of removing the offending turds, a special brigade will spray them with fluorescent orange paint. The awareness campaign, which launched earlier this week, has already highlighted more than 150 problem spots, according to a report in La Capitale.
The news was confirmed to Brusselnieuws by Marie-Rose Geuten, Brussels minister for sustainable development. The brigade of “eco-citizenship mediators", as she calls them, was sent out into the streets of Etterbeek to inform residents on subjects such as trash pick-up, container parks, used clothing containers and dog poo clean-up.
In addition to spraypainting any turds they find on or near the footpaths, the brigade is dedicating 10 days to raise awareness by talking with dog owners. The goal is to make them aware of the 27 dog toilets available in the municipality, and where they can find bags to pick up after their pet.
At the end of the awareness campaign, dog owners in Etterbeek will again risk fines of up to €350 for failing to keep the commune clean.