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Animal Waste
Scoop the Poop
Dog waste is raw sewage: Scoop it, bag it, and place it in the trash.

Mecklenburg County is home to more than 218,000 dogs.  They produce more than 52,000 pounds of dog waste every day.

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 cleaned up. Children who play outside and adults who garden are at greatest risk of infection.

Pet waste is one of the causes of bacterial contamination of streams in Mecklenburg County. 

The solution is safe and easy. 1) Scoop the poop, 2) put it in a plastic bag, 3) place it in the trash, and 4) wash your hands.

Scoop it! sign

Dog sitting on toilet seat 
Dogs can't flush!

We want to reduce our waste stream to landfills whenever possible. Currently there is no better alternative for disposing of pet waste.

There is nothing "natural" about 218,000 dogs concentrated in an area the size of Mecklenburg County. Native wildlife populations do not reach that density.

Burial, composting, waste digesters, and letting it lay in yards contaminates water and jeopardizes human and pet heath. Flushing is impractical for most people.
At some point in the future, commercial composting technology may be sufficient to treat pet waste, enabling curbside pickup along with yard waste.

Until then, landfilling is the best alternative for pet waste. 

Read the City of Charlotte ordinance making it illegal not to pick up after your pet waste deposited by a dog on any public street, sidewalk, gutter, park or other publicly owned property or private property unless the owner of the property has given permission allowing such use of the property.