Stink over City’s dog poo bags

Western Suburbs Weekly - - NEWS -

DOG poo bags pro­vided by the City of Ned­lands are of such bad qual­ity that res­i­dents are get­ting bags from neigh­bour­ing coun­cils in­stead, ac­cord­ing to Ned­lands coun­cil­lor Bill Has­sell.

His elected mem­ber’s mo­tion for staff to source a new brand of com­postable dog waste bag was ap­proved 7-2 at a De­cem­ber 15 coun­cil meet­ing.

“The cur­rent bags are wholly un­sat­is­fac­tory,” he said.

“They are hard to re­move from the holder, the han­dles rip off when they are re­moved, and quite of­ten the bags break open when they are re­moved.

“Com­plaints have been re­ceived about the cur­rently pro­vided bags and peo­ple liv­ing on or near the bor­ders of Ned­lands have adopted the prac­tice of get­ting bags from ad­ja­cent lo­cal au­thor­ity ar­eas (such as Su­bi­aco and Cottes­loe) be­cause the Ned­lands bags are so bad.”

The staff com­ment said it had a cur­rent $36,000 con­tract with Na­ture at Work Pack­ag­ing for biodegrad­able and com­postable dog waste bags.

A 12-month sup­ply of 500,000 bags was due to ar­rive late last month.

“We can­not now can­cel this con­tract with the goods in tran­sit un­less there is a sig­nif­i­cant breach by the con­trac­tor,” staff said.

“Pre­vi­ously we used a 100 per cent plas­tic sup­plier (cur­rently used in Su­bi­aco) be­fore the in­tro­duc­tion of biodegrad­able com­postable bags.

“While th­ese bags were sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper to pur­chase... we changed be­cause of the hid­den costs of bags which were be­ing left around the parks and lit­ter­ing them and the fore­shore, where they... looked un­sightly, had to be hand picked up, as well as be­ing a haz­ard to wildlife.”

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