Pet waste left in our yards comes into contact with stormwater when it rains. The stormwater then becomes contaminated from contact with pet waste and carries pollutants into the storm sewer system. The storm sewers quickly drain the water directly to our area streams without any treatment.
Dogs are major contributors to pet waste in our environment, However, all pets can contribute to the problem.
What is the Solution?
Acceptable pet waste management options include:
- Put the waste in a sealed bag and place in the trash
- Flush down the toilet (do NOT flush plastic bags or kitty litter)
- Bury waste in the soil at least six inches deep (do NOT bury in the garden)
- Minimize pollution by having pets defecate in tall grass located away from storm inlets. This acts as a filter and allows for natural decomposition
Dog and cat feces must be handled carefully because it contains bacteria, viruses and parasites that can infect humans and cause serious illness. Always wash your hands after handling pet waste.
Do NOT place pet waste in compost piles or around vegetables gardens where pathogens can contaminate food products.