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What should Vancouver do with doggy doo-doo?

Last Updated May 10, 2019 at 7:30 pm PDT

Summary

It's a stinky problem, but one Vancouver City Councillor says we need to doo something about doggy doo-doo

Coun. Sarah Kirby-Yung says diverting dog waste away from the dump will reduce greenhouse gas emissions

A motion to expand the city's red bin program is heading to council next week

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — It’s a stinky problem, but one Vancouver City Councillor says we need to do something about doggy doo-doo.

Coun. Sarah Kirby-Yung wants to see more red bins to dispose of your puppy’s poop all around the city, like the ones currently in a handful of the city’s parks. There are already plans in the works to add more bins in one or two parks, but she would like to see the program expanded at a faster pace.

Not only would it be more convenient for pet owners, she says it’s really about reducing waste headed for the dump.

“If the dog waste is going into the landfill, it’s creating methane which is a greenhouse gas, so that’s not contributing to the city’s zero waste goal,” she says.

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“If you think the fact that you have, for a conservative estimate, 55,000 dogs in the city, even at a pound a day, that’s 20 million pounds of dog poop every year, and that can have an impact.”

She says it could also help solve the problem of people not picking up after their pets.

“People want to be able to lay out and enjoy the grass. The last thing you want to be doing is sitting or stepping on an unexpected present someone’s left behind,” she says.

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Kirby-Yung is putting forward a motion at council next week asking that staff look into what it might take to get this done.

She adds finding a vendor that can process all the red bin waste might be hard to find; it’s a stinky problem that many might not be willing to solve.

“Doo-doo has to actually be separated from the bags as part of that process, so it is messy, and that’s one of the challenges is the amount of vendors out there, because there’s not many folks that are actually supplying that service,” she says.

Council motion: “Dealing with Doggie Doo Doo in Support of Vancouver’s Zero Waste Goals and Cleaner Parks and Streets”
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