A new scheme has been launched in Aberdeenshire to tackle the menace of dog mess.
Aberdeenshire Council have signed up to the Green Dog Walkers scheme which aims to reduce dog fouling across the area.
Local dog walkers are being encouraged to sign up as Green Dog Walkers (GDW) and be more responsible about clearing up after their dogs.
Dogs can proudly wear a green collar when they are out and about on a walk to show that they have signed the Green Dog Walkers Pledge.
Aberdeenshire Council is providing a tool kit to each community organisation that becomes an official GDW group. The kit includes a supply of pledge brochures, dog collars, green doggy bags, posters and lanyards.
Councillor Allison Grant has been publicising the scheme in Insch and the surrounding area.
She said: “By becoming a Green Dog Walker, you will be an ambassador for good practice and encourage others to only leave paw prints behind them.”
“Dog foul is extremely unpleasant to step in and there a number of health risks associated with it.
“By working hand-in-hand together with local communities I am sure we can wipe out the instances of dog fouling from Aberdeenshire.
Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Councillor Peter Argyle, said: “Aberdeenshire Council’s dog wardens work hard to educate the public on responsible pet ownership.
“Green Dog Walkers have the power to add to their efforts and change attitudes about dog fouling in Aberdeenshire in a positive and friendly way.
“If just a few people change their behaviour then it will make a real difference to the amount of waste on the ground.”
To join the scheme contact your local community council or email firstname.lastname@example.org.