ANIMAL WASTE IS RAW SEWAGE. As a pet owner you can establish habits that will help keep our waterways free of pollutants. Animal waste contains bacteria, viruses and nutrients. Roundworms, E. coli, and Giardia are just a few of the many harmful microorganisms that can be transmitted from pet waste to humans. Some can last in your yard for as long as four years if not properly disposed. Children who play outside and adults who garden are at greatest risk of infection.

The solutions are safe and easy. 1) Scoop the poop, 2) bury it, 3) flush it, OR 4) trash it. Donít forget to wash your hands.

Why dispose of animal waste, even in my own yard? Other animals ďgoĒ outside; itís natural, so why canít I leave it there?

Well, the average dog releases ĺ lbs of waste per day: thatís 274 lbs per year! Even if Arlington were home to a minimum of 5000 dogs, thatís over 1.3 million lbs per year. Native wildlife populations do not reach this density. The waste from the amount of pets in Arlington simply cannot be adequately or naturally absorbed into the environment.

While we want to reduce our waste stream to landfills whenever possible, besides flushing waste and burying it, currently there is no better alternative for disposing of pet waste other than throwing it in the trash. Letting it lay in yards contaminates water and jeopardizes human and pet heath. Until then, landfilling, burying, and flushing are the best alternatives for pet waste.

So, be sure to walk your pets in grassy areas, parks or undeveloped areas. Take a plastic bag or pooper scooper along on your walk and pick up your petís waste. Pollutants from improper disposal of pet waste may wash into the creeks through the storm drainage system.

Pet Waste Brochure

For more information visit: NCTCOG

Flea Dips

Do not pour flea dip solutions onto driveways or into the street. Liquid on hard surfaces will likely enter the storm drainage system and flow to nearby waterways. Flea dips usually contain an insecticide that can harm aquatic life.

Solutions that contain pyrethrins as the active ingredient may be disposed of in the sanitary sewer, flushing with plenty of water. Dipping solutions containing organo-phosphate chemicals such as dursban, diazinon or malathion cannot be disposed of in the sanitary sewer. The recommended disposal method for these solutions, at this time, is land application.

Do not pour dipping solutions and insecticides containing dursban, diazinon or malathion down the drain inside your house.

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