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Brussels commune highlights dog poo problem, literally

04:46 11/03/2016

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.

Written by Robyn Boyle



Oh please, this approach is 30 years old and it will be no more effective now than then. These filthy dirty people will only respond to a direct and savage attack on their bank accounts. In the area where I spend some time they now provide free plastic pick up bags and guess what? The vermin pick up and then throw the bag away!

Mar 10, 2016 17:25


I clean up after my dog and find the plastic bags very useful. Nevertheless there should also be containers to threw them in like they have in the Netherlands. I often have to walk around for a while with it before I spot a bin. There are just too little bins and no poo bins in Etterbeek at all. That could be well the reason that some people dump it on the street.

Mar 11, 2016 11:44

Could they also please spray the massive big turds in the grass field around the church?

Mar 11, 2016 11:44

In the square where I live, there is a bag dispenser and a bin opposite each other on the footpath not 2 meters apart. Yesterday there was a turd on the path between the bin and the bags. Unbelievable.

Mar 11, 2016 12:07

The only way dog owners will understand is through their pocketbook. I have NEVER EVER seen an owner get a fine, NEVER EVER seen a park ranger/policeman/community person hanging around watching dog owners, yet everyone knows the dogs rule here. Too bad for dog owners who have to carry their dog's poo around until they find a trash can. That is their responsibility. I find poo in front of my garage on a daily basis and when I challenge the dog owner to pick it up, I get insulted.

Mar 11, 2016 18:42

So cute doggy.That is sad when the owners don't care about them.
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Aug 24, 2017 12:39