Don’t forget to scoop the poopMonday is the beginning of National Scoop the Poop Week. It’s a national effort to remind people to pick up after their pets.
Monday is the beginning of National Scoop the Poop Week. It’s a national effort to remind people to pick up after their pets.
Bring plastic bags, preferably biodegradable ones, along when you take your pet for a walk. Leaving pet waste out at a place can lead to other people or dogs stepping in it. Also, after a rain the left dog waste may be washed down into a storm drain which, in most places in Superior, leads directly to a river or stream. Dog feces may contain worms or organisms that cause a threat to human health and isn’t a good addition to the stream or lake either.
Several parks in Superior are equipment with a Mutt Mitt dispenser. Bagging the pet waste and “binning it/throwing it away” is important to do and doesn’t take long at all to do. Be a part of the solution for keeping our town and its waterways clean.
In recognition of this special week, the city of Superior environmental services division will be out at several locations in town passing out complimentary plastic bag caddies that contain biodegradable bags. The bag caddy clips to your key chain to make it easy to bring bags along on the walk with your pet. You may get a chance to meet Rex, the stormwater mascot for the Regional Stormwater Protection Team, if you stop by.
To take care of pet waste in your own yard you can put together or purchase a pet waste digester. A digester helps to reduce the waste. An easy way to make one is to cut off the bottom of a plastic trash can, dig a hole and place the container in it. Put the collected pet waste in it and cover with a lid. Septic tank enzymes can be added to help the process. It becomes your own mini septic tank. Leaves or grass clippings may be added if there is an odor. Do not install one near a food garden or wet area or use as compost on your garden. A local business, Duluth Dog Waste, provides a service to come to remove pet waste from your yard. For more information go to www.duluthdogwaste.com.
If you have any questions, call the city of Superior environmental services division at (715) 394-0392. It is a city of Superior ordinance to pick up pet waste from your dog when on public property or private property not exclusively owned or occupied by the owners of the animal. Keep your own yard picked up, too. Don’t forget to Scoop the Poop!