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Charles County, Maryland

Proper Pet Waste Management

Proper Pet Waste Management

Pet waste is not good fertilizer for the grass; it is a health risk to people and animals.  The bacteria in pet waste is often washed down storm drains polluting waterways.

  • When walking bring plastic bags with you, to dispose of your pets waste in the trash.
  • When at home also pick up after your pet and dispose waste in the garbage.
  • Flushing pet waste is the best disposal method because then it is treated through a sewage treatment plant or septic.
  • Keep a supply of bags at hand or reuse old bags; you can also use a pooper scooper, or a yard doggie digester system for disposal.
  • Encourage other pet owners to collect their pet’s waste so it will not wash into storm drains and streams.
  • Many communities and County parks have posted signs and have installed pet waste disposal stations to encourage owners to pick up after their pets.
  • Pet waste management results in cleaner neighborhoods, improved aesthetics and better water quality.