Did you know there are an estimated 60 million dogs in the United States? An average dog drops an average of 3/4 pounds of waste daily. That’s 16.4 billion pounds of poop per year! When pet waste is left on the ground or disposed of improperly, water quality and your health may be at risk. Storm water runoff can pick up pet waste as it washes down storm drains, drainage ditches, and into our creeks, rivers, and lakes.
Tips for Dealing with Pet Waste
Attach a small bag or pouch to your dog’s leash so that you can always carry a supply of baggies.
Be creative in re-using materials for picking up pet droppings! Save plastic bread bags, plastic newspaper sleeves, or plastic produce bags and use them as scooping baggies.
When using a baggie or plastic bag, slip it over your hand like a mitt, pick up the droppings, hold a top corner of the bag with your other hand, and quickly flip it inside-out. Then, dispose of it in a trash can.
Once a week, clean up droppings around your yard and dispose of in the trash can. Pet waste composters are available commercially, check them out.
Take the Pledge to DOO the Right Thing
Take action and pledge to DOO the Right Thing by picking up after your dog while on a walk or around your yard and disposing of the waste properly. Residents who take the pledge will receive a free pet waste dispenser. Take the pledge.