When pet waste is left on lawns, trails or sidewalks, rain washes it into the city’s storm drains that lead straight to our local streams. Pet waste can harm water quality:
- Decomposing pet waste uses up oxygen that fish and plants need.
- Pet waste contains nutrients that encourage algae to grow in streams.
- Pet waste contains bacteria and parasites that can be harmful to people and animal.
What can I do to help?
- Always pick up your pet’s waste.
- Carry a plastic bag when walking your pet so that you can dispose of pet waste properly. Some parks have pet waste stations with bags and trash cans that you can use.
- Pet waste should be bagged and put in the green trash cart, not the blue recycling cart or the gray yard waste cart.
- DO NOT compost or use pet waste as a garden fertilizer.
All pet waste on public or unowned-private land must be sanitarily and properly disposed of in an appropriate trash receptacle. The “Pooper Scooper” ordinance is enforced by the Lexington Police Department at (859) 258-3600.