Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risks by allowing harmful bacteria and nutrients to wash into storm drains and eventually into local water bodies. Farms and other areas that have large numbers of livestock or other animals can contribute to stormwater pollution as well.
- Pick pet waste up in a bag and dispose of it properly in the trash if allowed locally.
- Flush it down the toilet (flush only the pet waste – empty it out of the plastic bag first).
- Bury it in the yard away from the garden, drinking water sources, and well-traveled areas.