An inventor has designed an innovative product, a re-usable carry bag, for dog walkers to safely store dog poo. The inventive design ensures dog waste is no longer a public health risk and can be safely stored and carried to a place for disposal. And it can save dog owners £1000 fines.
The new design, called Walkies, avoids roundworm eggs being transferred to children. Toxocara Canis occurs on the site of the droppings and at home where faeces can be carried on shoe soles. Current waste storage by walkers is in small plastic bags which can split and can be seen as unsightly to carry openly in front of other people. This can deter some dog owners carrying them in public places.
New legislation fining dog owners £1000 for leaving excrement in public places has not deterred people from leaving waste on the ground. In almost every public walking area dog waste is still evident. Local Councils do not have the manpower to clean these quickly. This leaves councils exposed to charges by the public when infections occur. The waste creates a particular health hazard in grass parks where faeces lies for weeks before decomposing.
Owner-manager Rick Buckley designed the Walkies bag as a multi-purpose carry case with special features. It has high strength which cannot split, is attachable to belts, buckles and backpacks for ease of portability, and is multilined with inner and outer protective layers. Design versions are being developed to carry anti-odour and anti-infection sprays, with a small torch and mobile phone for night walkers.
Rick won government funding to support their project with the help of Interim Manager for innovation, Clive Bonny, sponsored by DTI to progress the idea from a conceptual design through market research to design protection and a project plan. Rick says “without this interim management support from an experienced individual we could not have quickly moved from a good idea to creating a viable business. Walkies will significantly reduce a long standing public health risk and reduce the exposure of children from suffering a debilitating illness which can cause blindness and long term disability.”