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been able to reduce the number of staff trips
required to empty the receptacles, resulting
in direct savings. Furthermore, while the full
return on investment is yet to be realized,
there is potential to explore combined
procurement practices for maintenance
should other local municipalities decide
to invest in a dog waste collection system,
thereby reducing the emptying cost per unit.
The 18-month pilot project began in May
2017, and the city is already looking at
additional locations for implementation of
this type of dog waste collection system. The
response from the dog-owner community
has been overwhelmingly positive, and
the city is keen to support this constituency,
as park users who regularly walk their
dogs assist in keeping city parks safe. Dog
walkers are often the first to notice anything
unusual, or to report graffiti or vandalism.
From a CPTED (Crime Prevention Through
Environmental Design) perspective, dog
walkers are among the community's greatest
assets. While monitoring the units in the field,
it is not uncommon for city staff to have park
users tell them how much they appreciate
the convenience and ease of the waste
collection system, as well as the positive
environmental impacts.
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the receptacle, while keeping out larger
materials and rainwater. The steel lid locks
in place and is easily opened for emptying.
To dispose of their poop bags, dog owners
simply drop them into the opening in the
tube. The dog waste is collected by truck
and transported to a nearby treatment
facility, where it is mixed with other organic
materials, including livestock manure and
food waste. The mixture remains in the
anaerobic digester over a one- to threemonth period, during which time bacteria
digest the material and release a biogas
that is in turn collected, cooled, and cleaned
for use in a generator that produces both
electricity and heat. The leftover material, or
digestate, is used as fertilizer to grow crops.
According to Sutera, the process destroys all
pathogens, removes odours, and captures
greenhouse gases from the waste.

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the deposit of material, schedule service,
or reinforce user behaviour, among other
capabilities. As part of Waterloo's pilot
project, users who scan the QR code receive
a simple "thank you" for using the waste unit.

TEXT BY JENNIFER MAHONEY, A LANDSCAPE AND URBAN
DESIGNER WHO HAS PRACTISED IN CANADA, THE UNITED
STATES, AND ASIA.
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The company's system offers an app as
well as advanced waste analytics. Using the
mobile phone app and QR (Quick Response)
code technology, system users and owners
are able to interact with the system to record

Jeffery Silcox-Childs, OALA, Director
of Environment and Parks at the City of
Waterloo, explains that because the belowgrade waste disposal units are able to hold
a greater volume of waste, the city has

Dog waste collection unit

IMAGE/

Courtesy of Sutera

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Dog waste collected in three
Waterloo parks is transported to
a facility where it is digested
anaerobically and the resulting biogas
is used to generate electricity.

IMAGE/

Courtesy of Sutera

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Summer 2018

TO BEGIN WITH
ADJUDICATION
COLLABORATION
PROLOGUE
EXCELLENCE 2018 Projects That Sing... and Whisper
JURY’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Large-Scale Public Landscapes
Medium-Scale Public Landscapes
Small-Scale Public Landscapes
Residential Landscapes
Planning and Analysis
Research
Landscape Management
FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
PARTING SHOT
Landscapes - Summer 2018 - Intro
Landscapes - Summer 2018 - cover1
Landscapes - Summer 2018 - cover2
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Landscapes - Summer 2018 - TO BEGIN WITH
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Landscapes - Summer 2018 - ADJUDICATION
Landscapes - Summer 2018 - 11
Landscapes - Summer 2018 - COLLABORATION
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Landscapes - Summer 2018 - 14
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Landscapes - Summer 2018 - PROLOGUE
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Landscapes - Summer 2018 - EXCELLENCE 2018 Projects That Sing... and Whisper
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Landscapes - Summer 2018 - JURY’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
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Landscapes - Summer 2018 - Large-Scale Public Landscapes
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Landscapes - Summer 2018 - Medium-Scale Public Landscapes
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Landscapes - Summer 2018 - Research
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