Pet Waste

Environmental Risks

When pet waste is not properly disposed of, it can be picked up by storm water runoff and washed into storm drains or nearby water bodies. Not all storm drains connect to water treatment facilities, so animal feces can end up in streams, rivers, and lakes. When pet waste starts to decay, it consumes oxygen and releases ammonia gas. This combination is deadly to fish and other aquatic life. Pet waste carries bacteria, viruses, and parasites that are harmful to the heath of humans and wildlife.

Tips and Recommendations

  • When walking your dog, always bring plastic bags with you. Use the plastic bag to pick up the dog waste. Tie the bag close and put the bag in the trash.
  • To properly dispose your pets waste at home, there are two options.
    • Trash - Double bag dog waste and kitty litter, tie the bag closed, and put it in the garbage. Long-handle pooper scoopers are available at any pet store. This will make it much easier for you to pick up pet waste in your yard.
    • Flush It - Flush the pet waste down the toilet if you are on a sewer system. It is important to note that if you are on a septic system, do not flush pet waste down the toilet. Do not flush kitty litter.

Tips for Bagging

  • Keep a supply of bags where you keep your pet supplies.
  • Reuse old bags like plastic newspaper bags, bread bags, or sandwich bags.
  • Tie bags on the dog leash if you don’t have a pocket.