Neighbors arguing about how to deal with dog poop is a phenomenon as old as dog poop itself. Today's episode of dog-poop feuding comes courtesy of Hill East's email list, which includes all the components of a classic dog-poop debate. Would you like to discuss dog poop with your neighbors? Consider following Hill East's model. (Names have been reduced to initials to protect the residents.)
M: Today, some jerk put a loaded dog-poop bag inside my emptied trash container.
PLEASE DO NOT PUT DOG POOP BAGS INSIDE OTHER FOLKS TRASH CONTAINER..... instead, simply disposal of it in a city street corner trash receptacle, or take it back home to your trash container!
Second the Intro
T: Please keep the poop off the streets. But don't put it in the nearest trash can. A can. Used to hold trash.
Call for Civility
Isn't it a bit too much to call this person a "jerk"? Would you have preferred if this "jerk" left the crap on the street for you to step in? Is your garbage can so pristine that you have a preference for what type of wastes go in there? I know in a perfect world dog owners would throw their dog crap away in their own can (for the record, I always use my own can to throw out the poop), but at least this person was throwing it out. This list is always aflame with people who complain about people not cleaning up after their dog.......well this person did.
Rebut Call for Civility
M: Okay R...maybe a**hole would have been more fitting!
Examine Logistics of Poop Disposal
J: I don't have a dog (or dog poop) in this fight, but I did want to mention that DPW does not have trash trucks that grab the can and tip/shake it, so often a collector tips it himself or, if it's just two big bags of trash in the can, takes them out without ever ripping the can. People put dog poop in my can, too -which I don't mind – but the effect over time for me has been that little debris including poop bags builds up at the bottom of the can. Obviously, the trash collectors aren't reaching down into the can to grab little bags of poo. When they do tip the can, sometimes the little bags fall in the street, thereby re-creating the whole problem the bags were meant to solve. Poop is now in the street. DPW doesn't pick that up, either.
I guess what I'm saying is, good on the dog owners who keep poop off the sidewalks. But when you toss the bag, try to put it inside a larger bag so that it makes it to the landfill!
Repeat Everything That Was Just Said
A: Just want to support what Josh is saying. I don't have a problem with dog owners putting bagged poop in my trash can if they put it inside a larger garbage bag as Josh described. The problem is that the DPW workers usually pull out the large trash bags, leaving the small poop bags to collect in the bottom of the can for a long time.
I'm also a dog walker and I always put my dog's poop in the city trash cans or in my own. I know what it's like to deal with leftover poop in a trash can and I don't want anyone else to have to deal with that!
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