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 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.