Public Works

Sometimes protecting stormwater quality is as easy as scooping the poop! 

Pet waste left on the ground gets picked up by stormwater runoff and runs into our local streams and rivers.  It also presents health risks to humans and pets. Pet waste carries bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can make people, especially children, sick.

Tips for Handling and Disposal of Pet Waste

  • Scoop the poop and pick up after your pet.  Place your pet's waste in your GARBY cart.

  • Do not use your pet's waste as fertilizer. It contains harmful bacteria that can cause a variety of diseases.  It is toxic to your lawn and cause burns and discoloring.      

  • Bathe your pets indoors, using less toxic shampoos, or have your pet professionally groomed.  Pet shampoos and soaps, even those that are biodegradable, can be toxic to aquatic life. 

  • Consider using oral or topical flea control products.  If you use flea control products such as shampoos, sprays, or collars make sure to dispose of unused quantities properly. 

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