No Pause in Litter Campaign

By Jane Cruickshank / November 23, 2019
Dog with plastic bottle in mouth

By Marion Montgomery –

The “PAWS ON PLASTIC’ campaign has this week soared to 10,000 dog owners picking up a couple of pieces of litter on every walk, every day, removing over 14 MILLION pieces of litter a year from our streets, beaches, parks and countryside.

Founded in Stonehaven, in November 2018 by Primary School Teacher, Marion Montgomery, PAWS on PLASTIC, has hit a cord among dog owners keen to play their part in fighting plastic pollution, attracting 1,000 new members and followers to its ranks on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter every month.

“It’s amazing how the campaign has grown in such a short time!  I would like to say a huge thank you to my family, friends and all our members and followers for their support in spreading the word and for all their efforts in cleaning up their communities.’ Says Marion. 

“The strength of Paws on Plastic is its simplicity.  Dog owners are already out there walking their dogs every day.  We see the litter. We have a spare bag in our pocket & it just takes a second to pick up a couple of pieces. No extra time or effort is required yet if we all do our own wee bit, with 10,000, just picking up 2 pieces of litter on 2 daily walks, that’s over 40,000 pieces a day, or 14.6 MILLION a year although, as you will see, most people pick up more as it is rather addictive!  With around 9 million dogs in the UK alone, imagine the impact if we all did our own small bit.”

The group has now spread to over 50 countries in 6 continents around the world, showing the worldwide desire among dog owners to do play their part.  Dogs are naturally attracted to litter, with many picking up plastic bottles and cans.  Once your dog has played with one, it’s up to you to dispose of it carefully.  The instructions are simple: Members pick items up using a spare ‘poo bag’ and take it home to empty (recycling where possible) saving the bag to use again.  They then post a lovely photo of their dog on to celebrate their efforts and spread the word.

To join us, search for “PAWS ON PLASTIC’ on Facebook, Twitter: & Instagram.

Members are responsible for keeping themselves and any accompanying companions safe. All pieces picked up are helping to reduce the amount of plastic ending up in the sea.

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