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Clever recycling dog is helping clear the streets of litter by collecting plastic bottles during walkies

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<p>A clever recycling dog is helping clear the streets of litter by collecting hundreds of plastic bottles during his daily walks.</p><p>Scruff, a 13-year-old border collie, has been amazing local residents who have dubbed him the 'eco dog' as he does his bit for the environment in Nuneaton, Warks.</p><p>The intelligent pooch loves nothing more than picking up plastic bottles during a walk and his owners soon realised they could turn his playful antics into a positive.</p><p>So David Grant, 48, and wife Yvonne Faulkner-Grant, 47, began carrying a bag to put his collections into to take along to a recycling centre.</p><p>Scruff started by scooping up 40 bottles during his first month in January and has now retrieved more than 1,000 over the past year.</p><p>David and Yvonne first noticed their litter-picking hound had a fascination for plastic bottles about a year go but would drop them when he found the next one.</p><p>Yvonne said: "It seemed wrong that he would pick the bottle up and then drop it again - we thought people would think we were dropping litter.</p><p>"So we got him to start bringing the bottles to us and we put them in a bag and then count them up at the end of the walk.</p><p>""Now, he will see one on the other side of the road and look at me as if to say 'Can I get it?'</p><p>"I'd say he will have collected at a least 1,000 this year. We get such a good reaction on Facebook where Scruff has been dubbed an eco-dog."</p><p>Yvonne, an Aldi warehouse deputy team leader, first bought Scruff home in December 2009 after buying him from a farm in Wales.</p><p>As a puppy, Scruff enjoyed picking up sticks but Yvonne discouraged him amid fears of mouth splinters before he went on to find a penchant for plastic bottles instead.</p><p>After meeting David in 2018 through her running club, the pair now take Scruff on two five mile walks each day.</p><p>Over the last year, the couple have been sharing their pet's green credentials on social media using the #scruffsbottlepatrol hashtag.</p><p>Dad-of-two David said: “People have said he should be working for the council, and everybody loves it when they see him in the street.</p><p>“He is such an obedient dog and very friendly – your typical sheep dog.</p><p>“He never chews the bottles or the lids he just wants to play.</p><p>“When we go on walks, he always picks up plastic bottles and likes to play with them.</p><p>“Scruff will pick them up and want you to play with it with him and then he will drop it when he is done.</p><p>“We were worried that people thought we were littering when Scruff dropped them after he had finished playing with them so we started to pick them up and take them home.</p><p>“This is how the recycling started. Scruff will pick up the plastic bottles and then when he becomes uninterested in them we put them in our bag.</p><p>“We are currently storing them at the side of the shed in the garden to do a big count at the end of the year.</p><p>“I think he just wanted the interaction with the bottles so he could play and interact with us at first.</p><p>“Now, he seems to go out looking for them now on walks.”</p><p>At the end of December, Yvonne and David are going to lay out all the bottles Scruff has collected to find out the total.</p><p>In the new year, Scruff will continue to litter-pick on his walks, but the couple have said they will recycle the bottles every month instead.</p><p>David, a manufacturing operator for an aerospace firm, added: “We started sharing his collections on social media but we did not realise how many bottles he would collect.</p><p>“Sometimes he collects 15 and sometimes it’s only one - it depends how dirty the streets are that day.</p><p>“Someone said to me the other day that not all heroes where capes and that is exactly what I think Scruff is doing – being a hero.</p><p>“We think he is setting an example to everyone that we need to start looking after our planet.</p><p>“If a dog can do it anyone can."</p><p>Neighbour and friend Caroline Round, who also gets to walk Scruff, says he will not go past a bottle without picking it up.</p><p>She added: "He's so intelligent. He will always stop on his walk and won't move on until he's picked it up.</p><p>"If you're in a field with him, he will be off the lead and away. And, when he comes back he will always have a bottle in his mouth."</p>
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