Pet Waste

Printable brochure: Stop, Stoop & Scoop!

Rain water carries pet wastes from grassy areas, sidewalks, and roads to storm sewer drains, where it flows directly to local streams and rivers. People participating in recreational activities in or near water polluted by pet wastes can be exposed to bacterial and parasitic infections, including roundworm. Also, pet wastes can cause excess growth of algae in waterways by acting as a fertilizer.

Handling Pet Wastes
Follow the guidelines below to properly dispose of pet wastes:

  • Bring a bag with you to collect pet wastes.
  • Keep an eye on your pet to ensure you pick up all of its waste.
  • Dispose of pet wastes properly – either with household waste or by flushing it down the toilet.
  • Don’t compost pet wastes.
  • Don’t use pet wastes as a fertilizer in your garden.

Please help protect our streams by cleaning up after your pet.