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Capital launches campaign against dog poop

The city of Budapest has started a massive campaign to keep streets clean of dog waste, using Ft 200 million from the municipal budget, the daily Népszabadság reported. Some 400,000 dogs in Budapest leave a daily 40 tons of waste behind, littering streets and squares, posing an enormous public health risk, Budapest Mayor Gábor Demszky said. A significant part of the budget, Ft 80 million, will be used to finance posters and TV spots attracting public attention to the issue, while the rest is available for district governments and civil organizations to buy special waste containers and build areas for dog owners to walk their pets.