How do you dispose of your kitty litter?
These may seem like silly things to think about, but pet waste pollution is very harmful to our lakes and ponds. In fact, pet waste can carry tapeworms, e. coli, parvo, Salmonella and other bacteria, that when left in the lawn, can live in the soil for many years. These bacteria can also wash into our waterways during a rain or irrigation event. According to the EPA, pet waste is as toxic as an oil spill!
What can you do?
- Use baggies to pick up pet waste when you walk your dog. Dispose of the baggies in receptacles (such as those shown in the photo on the left) or in trash cans.
- Scoop the pet waste in your yard. Use a "pooper scooper" or shovel to pick up pet waste in your yard. Collect it in a bag and dispose of it in your trash can.
- If you manage a kennel facility, make sure that no waste is washed into low areas such as ditches. Follow the procedures for pick-up as outlined in the previous bullet.
- If you have cats do not dump kitty litter into the yard. Bag used litter and dispose of it in your trash can.
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