COUNCILLORS have been debating a messy problem.
They have been considering the public's suggestions on how to tackle the tonnes of dog poo being dumped on Kirklees streets.
The council appealed for views on the issue in November and asked them to name and shame Kirklees' dog dirt grotspots.
Kirklees Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee for Environment discussed the responses this week.
The overwhelming majority of people said they would pick up their dog's dirt if they had a nearby bin to put it in.
Currently, Kirklees has no dog waste bins.
Most authorities in the UK have around 200.
The council has been reluctant to put in the bins in the past because of high costs.
Paul Whittaker, environmental waste manager, said it would cost £30,000 to £60,000 to install 200 bins around Kirklees.
It would cost £35,000 a year to service them and £10,000 a year for waste disposal.
Clr Mehboob Khan said: "It would cost 2p per week on band D council tax to provide 200 bins and a £25,000 publicity campaign."
Despite many councillors saying the cost would fall if normal bins were used, Mr Whittaker said he would prefer special dog waste bins.
He said: "I would rather it goes in specific bins so my guys know what to expect when they empty them.
"When people put dog waste in bins it can be a problem unless it is dealt with responsibly, which means double wrapping it in airtight bags."
"Most people do dispose of it in bins. It is a minority who cause a problem."
The two second most popular suggestions were to introduce more dog wardens and to increase publicity campaigns and signs warning against dog fouling.
Currently, there are four dog wardens covering Kirklees.
Around 30% of their workload involves dog fouling.
Out of 3,774 complaints made to Kirklees Council about dogs this year, 747 were about fouling.
This year, 25 fixed penalty notices of £50 to £80 were issued by wardens to people caught not clearing up their pet's mess.
Persistent offenders are taken to court, where fines can reach £1,000.
Richard Forster, who manages the dog wardens, said the council is now prosecuting less cases and issuing more fixed penalties.
He said: "We now issue fixed penalty notices as the norm, rather than the exception. One of the difficulties is to catch people in the act."
The councillors agreed to recommend running a trial of dog waste bins in a small area.
Recommendations will be finalised at the panel's next meeting in January.
* THERE are 40,000 dogs in Kirklees producing six tonnes of faeces every day.
* Dog dirt is dangerous if ingested, especially to young children. It contains bacteria such as salmonella and Toxocara canis, which comes from the eggs of the roundworm parasite and can cause problems ranging from sickness to permanent blindness.
* ENCAMS, the group behind the Keep Britain Tidy campaign, says 60% of people allow dogs to foul in public and don't clean it up because of a lack of bins.
* PICK up your dog's waste immediately with a plastic bag.
* Do not use bags with holes in, like supermarket carriers.
* Tie bags so they are airtight.
* Put the bag in a litter bin or dog waste bin.
* Make sure your hands do not touch the waste and wash them well as soon as possible, afterwards.