Don’t put your foot in it!

Housing Association landlords have long been aware of the issue of dog fouling in public spaces. At best unpleasant, at worst a public health hazard, this form of anti-social behaviour is on the rise. While a huge problem in itself, the knock-on effect is that it encourages littering, graffiti and other forms of vandalism. How can you tackle this problem and in turn create a clean, safe community that your tenants can be proud of?

 There are an estimated 8 mil-lion dogs in the UK. Between them they produce over 1,000 tonnes of faeces every day. As a housing association landlord this statistic may not come as a shock, as you will no doubt see evidence of it every day in the public areas around your properties.

A growing problem

Maintaining the appearance of the areas around your properties can feel like fighting a losing battle. Statistics show that in recent years there has been a surge of complaints recorded about dog fouling and rubbish being dumped.

A 2018 report by Keep Britain Tidy has also found a direct correlation between these issues and levels of deprivation.It has also been proven that where dog fouling and littering are issues, a breakdown in community and loss of pride in shared environments follows. As a housing association landlord we know that you not only want to protect the value of your assets, but also create communities that your tenants want to be a part of. A place they can take pride in.

We also know that the safety of your tenants and their children is important to you. However, you are compromising their health and safety if you do not take steps to address the issue of dog fouling. Toxocariasis is an infection caused by roundworm parasites. Most commonly young children are affected because they are more likely to come into contact with contaminated soil when they play and put their hands in their mouths. As you know, tackling the is-sue of dog fouling is no small feat. Having wardens patrol and the issuing of fixed penalty notices can help, but in isolation they do not appear to be effective solutions.

In order to bring about long-term change it is essential that your residents feel empowered to become part of the solution. This means encouraging them to take responsibility for their own actions, report the anti-social behaviour of others, and take pride in their environment. Of course, this is something of a chicken and egg scenario  in order to take pride in your environment, you must first have an environment that’s worth taking pride in.

That’s where TiksPac can help.

Meet TiksPac, your clean space partner

At Tikspac we share a com-mon goal with you; to make our public spaces cleaner. The idea for TiksPac came about when its founder was walking his dog and was disgusted by the amount of dog dirt creating a negative impression of his town. His solution: The TiksPac con-cept, encompassing TiksPac stations, TiksPac dog waste bags and TiksCan, the bin.

The TiksPac stations dispense dog waste bags and can be located anywhere there is a problem. They are made from high-quality annealed steel which has anti-corrosive properties and is anti-graffiti coated for easy cleaning. The stations are designed to be eye-catching without being obtrusive and the bags dis-pensed are fully compostable and biodegradable in accord-ance with European Standard EN-13432. The TiksCan is a uniquely designed bin that will only take dog waste bags, reducing odours and discour-aging other types of littering.

 

Meet TiksPac, your clean space partner

At Tikspac we share a com-mon goal with you; to make our public spaces cleaner. The idea for TiksPac came about when its founder was walking his dog and was disgusted by the amount of dog dirt creating a negative impression of his town. His solution: The TiksPac con-cept, encompassing TiksPac stations, TiksPac dog waste bags and TiksCan, the bin.

The TiksPac stations dispense dog waste bags and can be located anywhere there is a problem. They are made from high-quality annealed steel which has anti-corrosive properties and is anti-graffiti coated for easy cleaning. The stations are designed to be eye-catching without being obtrusive and the bags dis-pensed are fully compostable and biodegradable in accord-ance with European Standard EN-13432. The TiksCan is a uniquely designed bin that will only take dog waste bags, reducing odours and discour-aging other types of littering.

The idea is aimed at those who have forgotten to bring dog bags with them, as well as those who have a sense of community and are willing to clear up their area. It means there is always a visible, convenient and free supply of dog waste bags, encouraging a change in the behaviour of less responsible dog owners.

A station and 300 bags are delivered for £150 combined and replacement bags are cost price only. However, this cost can be offset through the back-plate advertising space which can be sold to local companies who are looking to target your communities. Alternatively, you can use this space yourself to display community or association messaging.

Whatever the specific needs of your community, Tik-sPac can provide a tailored solution to help you create an environment that you and your tenants can be proud of.

You can opt for the TiksPac station, the TiksCan, or a combination of both. The choice is down to you and will depend on the scale of the problem and how you currently deal with waste.

Don’t just take our word for it: The all-important question; does it work?

After 15 years’ success in Sweden, we are now working with more than 30 councils in the UK and have just won a major sponsor in Petplan. In terms of how effective the TiksPac system can be as part of an integrated approach to creating clean environments, evidence can be seen in the results from Swale Borough Council. Before the installation of TiksPac dispensers and bins, there were up to 270 dog fouling complaints recorded each year. This was reduced by almost half the year after TiksPac was introduced.

These figures were no surprise. Numerous studies show that people are more likely to drop litter in areas where there are already high volumes of waste. Conversely, where litter levels are low, people are more

likely to dispose of their waste responsibly. The outcomes for the councils we work with have undoubtedly bene-fitted residents creating cleaner, safer outdoor spaces. The councils them-selves have also benefitted from the reduction in littering in their public spaces, allowing them to redirect resources previously allocated to clean these areas.

Time to take action.

By adopting the TiksPac system you will save time and money as you see volumes of dog waste and litter decrease. But more importantly, you will be taking the first step in creating a safer, cleaner community for your tenants – an environment they can be proud of, and in turn will want to take care of.

Your tenants care about where they live. Show that you do too.

Contact Julie Cook to find out what we can do to create and maintain clean, safe environments for your communities. Quote NHA18.

Julie CookUK Sales Manager

T: 0161 416 6614

M: 07708844272

E: julie@tikspac.co.uk www.tikspac.co.uk

TiksPac is an international company with a market-leading concept within Europe for clean public spaces.

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