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REPRINT GROUND

PARKS
Recycling Dog Waste

recyling
dog
waste

by JENNIFER MAHONEY

This article first appeared in GROUND,
Landscape Architect Quarterly. Issue 41, spring
2018, pages 4-5. It is reprinted with the kind
permission of the author and the OALA.
You can find Ground on the OALA website
here:

https://oala.ca/ground_issue/
ground-41-shift/parks-recycling-dog-waste/

PARKS

recycling dog waste
In the City of Waterloo, a new pilot project
dubbed "Poop Power" aims to solve a
key waste issue affecting the city's parks
by diverting dog poop from landfill and
redirecting it to a nearby biodigester,
where renewable energy and fertilizer
are produced.
The initiative came to be when Sutera, a
Waterloo-based company that develops
systems for the containment of solid waste,
approached the City of Waterloo looking to
pilot its dog waste containment system in a
municipality that was close enough to the
company's headquarters to allow for easy
monitoring. Environment and Parks staff at
the city explored the opportunity, resulting
in the launch of a pilot project that saw
the company's system installed in three
Waterloo parks.
From an environmental and economic
perspective, one of the city's goals is to
reduce the amount of waste that is sent to
landfill. Dog waste is usually collected in
park garbage receptacles along with other
types of waste, and is associated with high
disposal costs. It is heavy and carries a high
risk of cross-contaminating other garbage
and recyclables. During the summer months
in particular, odour from the dog waste
makes frequent emptying of park garbage
receptacles a necessity. Furthermore, dog
poop is toxic to humans, and, when mixed
with runoff, it represents an important source
of pollution at the watershed level.
As part of the design process, Environment
and Parks staff reviewed the prototype
waste collection units in detail prior to
approving the final design. Three parks
were identified to receive the units as part
of the pilot project: Bechtel Park, which has
a leash-free area for dogs, and Lakeshore
Optimist and St. Moritz, two parks that are
frequented by dog owners and where high
volumes of dog waste were regularly found
in standard park garbage receptacles.

FLOYD, PHOTO WENDY GRAHAM

38 LANDSCAPES PAYSAGES

The waste collection unit consists of an
in-ground concrete receptacle that extends
below the frost line and is capable of
holding approximately 500 kilograms (1,100
pounds) of dog poop. The lid is a steel tube
with a two-sided, covered opening that
allows dog waste bags to be placed inside


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