Dog Waste

    Dog Waste
    Posted on 04/24/2019
    Pet waste is a pollutant. When left on the grass, rain water eventually washes it into storm sewers that take it directly to our lakes and rivers.

    In the lake or river, pet waste can release ammonia as it decays, which along with low oxygen levels and warm temperatures can kill fish. Pet waste also contains nutrients that encourage weed and algae growth, and it carries contaminants and diseases that can make the water unsafe for people and pets alike, such as fecal coliform.

    Please be a responsible pet owner and clean up after your pet.

    Here are a few ways to safely handle dog waste:

    Yard – Scoop it. Get a good scooper and a little rake to scoop up the pet waste. You can place the poo in the garbage daily or fill a 5-gallon bucket or other container lined with a bag. Cover the pail and empty it when you think it’s full enough.

    Yard – Hire a Service. If you really don’t want to pick up your yard have someone else do it.  

    On A Walk - Pick it up! Keep a few biodegradable poop bags in your pocket for quick dog waste cleanup. Find a public garbage can or toss it in your garbage when you get home. We recommend biodegradable waste bags since regular plastic bags don’t break down for 20 to 1,000 years! 

    Flush It - Many resources say the best way to manage dog waste is to flush it. One way is to place the waste in a plastic container (eg. an empty sour cream container) and then gently pour the waste into the toilet bowl. Emptying a bag may prove troublesome.

    However you manage the dog waste, don’t forget to wash your hands when you’re done! 

    Learn more at RespectOurWaters.org.
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