Dog Waste Myth # 1 – Project Clean Water

Dog Waste Myth # 1

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Myth: I don’t need to throw my dog’s poop out because it’s as good as fertilizer.

Fact: This is false! Dog poop cannot be used as fertilizer.
Fertilizer is created with the intention of providing nutrients to plants. Dog poop is a result of your pup relieving itself. See how they’re different?

  • Fertilizer contains nutrients for plants including nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.
  • Dog poop contains bacteria, viruses and parasites that are harmful for human and environmental health.

When not disposed of properly, the contaminants in dog poop make their way into our storm drains after it rains and into our waterways. Whether you are in your yard, on a walk, or in the park, make sure you pick up your dog’s poop and throw it away in a covered trash receptacle. It will help keep our waterways clean and free of harmful pollutants!
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