Puns don’t kill puppies, wrappers do

When litter is dropped on the street or in our green spaces, it creates a hazard for our city’s pets.

With more than 27 million pets in the country and 43% of households containing at least one furry friend (according to the PDSA Paw REPORT 2018), that is something many of us will be worried about.

Sadly, many of our dogs are exposed to large volumes of waste on their walks which can be extremely dangerous. This often includes broken glass and discarded food, hazardous to paws and tummies! We are delighted to hear about this new campaign and fully support the initiative. Marcella Pinto, Bristol Animal Rescue Centre.

Earlier this year the RSPCA said the number of animals killed or injured by litter has hit an all-time high, with them receiving a call about an animal hurt by litter every two hours. It is estimated that more than 69,000 animals are hurt by litter every year in Britain.

Protecting animals from harmful rubbish is easy. By recycling your waste safely, reusing or it, placing it in the bin instead of littering, you can stop pets from being injured, and even save an animal’s life.

That is why we at Bristol Waste have launched Litter Hurts. We hope the humorous but hard-hitting campaign will make people think twice before leaving their litter on Bristol’s streets and in our parks and help keep our furry friends safe.

The ads are part of a wider campaign which will see cigarette pouches given to smokers to prevent butts being dropped on the street, and dog poo bags provided to owners, along with information and advice about clearing up after yourself.

Littering is a crime and the Bristol City Council Neighbourhood Enforcement Team will fine anyone they see dropping litter in the street.

You can find out more about how to protect animals from being hurt by litter on the RSPCA website which has handy hints and tips for keeping our furry friends safe.

Litter Hurts kitten

MEET MILLIE - our inspiration

Millie as a pup
Millie is a gorgeous dog, owned by litter picking champion and all round Castle Park lover, Russ Leith. When Russ told us about Millie getting her paw cut by glass in the park we wanted to look closer in to the effects that litter can have on our pets. And so came #LitterHurts.

Russ said:

"I have first hand/paw experience of the effects of broken glass and it ended up costing nearly £1,000 in vet bills. As sad as it was, Millie's injury and the cost of treatment, it did help focus the attention of some young people in the park, because they felt so sorry for Millie...the ensuing war on glass continues."