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BECAUSE IT HAPPENS

BEST PRACTICES
Ensuring there is minimal waste on the ground is
the best way to get dog owners to clean up after
their own dog. A dog owner will often not pick up
if they feel other owners are not picking up after
their own dogs, which creates a snowball effect.
A 2015 survey conducted by students at North
Carolina State University found that one of the

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CONDOMEDIA

In 2017
a total of

89.4

lived in the
United States
M I L L I O N D O G S as pets

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(source: Statista 2018)

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ENVIRONMENTAL AND
PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS
Pet waste is more than a nuisance-it can be an
environmental and a public health problem,
too. According to the EPA, dog waste is considered a nonpoint source pollutant-in the
same category as herbicides and insecticides;
oil, grease, and acid drainage from abandoned
mines. The uncollected waste produced by
100 dogs within a two-mile radius is enough to
temporarily shut down a bay or watershed, according to the agency. 
In terms of health risks, uncollected dog waste
carries bacteria, worms, and other parasites that
can be transmitted directly to humans and cause
illnesses ranging from a slight rash to far more serious infections, according to the CDC, especially
in children and older persons. 

M A K ES A DI FFER E N C E

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THE PLAN AND PROCESS
Working together, the service provider, community managers, and boards develop and implement a comprehensive pet waste management
plan to meet their specific needs and budget. This
can include regular scooping services, pet waste
station management, and the sale of pet waste
management supplies or any combination.
It is a dirty job, but it can be done in a surprisingly clean way. A grid is used to search the
grounds for pet waste on a weekly, monthly, or as
a one-time service, using rakes and buckets lined
with 13-gallon trash bags. To help minimize crosscontamination tools and shoes are sprayed with a
cleaning solution to kill any potential bacteria and
parasites. To prevent runoff and spillage, waste
is always double- or triple-bagged and disposed
of through third-party contractors who send it to
a landfill or incinerator in compliance with local
and state laws. 

EV ER Y S C O O P

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sing a service can eliminate nuisance
complaints and is generally good for
property values. It can also be an attractive amenity to potential buyers and renters who own pets.

66.75

M ILLION POU NDS OF
W ASTE PER DAY

The average dog produces .75 pounds
of waste per day, according to the
U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Unfortunately, dog poop is more than
a gross and unsightly mess-it's an
environmental pollutant and
a human health hazard.

When left un-scooped, waste sitting in
backyards eventually breaks down
and washes into the water supply,
polluting our waterways.



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