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Where to put the pet poop
We appreciate the front page article about the Pet Poop Patrol on Oak Harbor’s Waterfront Trail. It’s great to raise awareness about the health and water quality hazards that pet waste presents. However, just after the article appeared in the paper, I got questions about what should be done with pet waste, an essential piece of information that the article was missing.
Over the years different agencies have recommended flushing it or composting it, but after studies showed problems with both of those methods (as stated in the article), and because most Whidbey residents get drinking water from an aquifer, we suggest people bag it and throw it in the trash.
Modern landfills are lined and sealed so that’s the best place for pet waste. Pet owners may try this disposal method. Take a 5 gallon bucket with a lid and line it with a used shopping bag. As you pick up after your pet, put the daily deposits in this bucket. On garbage day, take the shopping bag out and tie it shut and label it which will protect solid waste crews. Place it in your garbage can.
The poop from pet waste stations in our parks is also sent to the landfill.
Thanks for asking and for doing your part.