Why can't I just let poop break down into the soil?
Rain runoff can carry contaminants to nearby streams through storm drains and ditches. Also, pathogens may remain even after the solids have dissolved.
Can I bury it or put it in my compost bin?
Under no circumstances should you put pet waste in your compost, or bury it where food will be grown or areas close to surface or ground water.
Can I flush it down the toilet?
Flushing pet waste down the toilet is not recommended. Few private septic systems are equipped to properly process dog waste. Municipal sewer systems can be blocked by especially large droppings and may be unable to break down elements in dog waste. The harmful organism, toxoplasma gondii, found in cat waste and potentially dangerous to children, elderly, and pregnant women, may be able to survive the municipal waste treatment process.
If it’s important, why doesn’t everyone pick it up?
There are hundreds of perceived reasons for not picking up dog poop, but when it comes down to it, keeping our families, our water resources, and our habitats healthy are more important than any of them.
I have a cat — does this go for me too?
Because of how much time cats spend outdoors on their own, we don't expect you to go running around picking up after them every time they do their business. For cats that use litter boxes, though, we recommend that the litter be properly disposed of — which means not flushing it down the toilet or dumping it in the backyard (or over the fence). Cat litter should be tossed in the garbage, right next to those bags of dog doo.
How can I talk to my neighbors about picking up after their pets?
We know how much of a strain it can be on neighborhood relations to find surprises in your front yard &mdash especially when they’re not from your own dog! Likewise, it can be frustrating when you don’t feel like your kids can go play outside without coming back with poo on their shoes. For these reasons, and others, the Clean Water Program has introduced Neighbors for Clean Water — a toolkit of resources and information to help you talk to your neighbors about increasing the scoop-rate in your community and making it a safer and healthier place for your family, other pets, and the environment.