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Pet Waste Guidelines

Pet Waste Guidelines

When pet waste is improperly disposed of, it can be picked up by stormwater runoff and washed into storm drains or nearby water bodies. Since storm drains do not always connect to treatment facilities, untreated animal feces often end up in lakes and streams, causing significant water pollution.
Decaying pet waste consumes oxygen and sometimes releases ammonia. Low oxygen levels and ammonia can damage the health of fish and other aquatic life. Pet waste carries bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can threaten the health of humans and wildlife. Pet waste also contains nutrients that promote weed and algae growth making swimming and recreation unappealing or even unhealthy.

What you can do:

Always clean up after your pet and dispose of the waste in the trash, in a sealed or tied plastic bag. Commercial “scoopers” can also be purchased to make proper disposal even easier. Some are disposable and come with biodegradable, sealable bags. Check pet stores and catalogs. Encourage your neighbor and other pet owners to be responsible; it’s not hard, and it’s an important part of the responsibility you have owning a pet.

What you should not do:

  • Don’t dispose of pet waste in a catch basin, storm drain, or on the street.
  • Don’t use pet waste as a fertilizer. The bacteria in pet waste does far more harm than good.
  • Don’t add pet waste to a compost pile. The pile will not get hot enough to kill the disease causing organisms.

Additional Resources

Storm Water Program

Storm Water Program

The City of Akron's Storm Water Program is managed out of the

Sewer Maintenance Facility
2460 Akron-Peninsula Road
Akron, OH 44313
(330) 375-2776 f (330) 375-2399

email Storm Water Program



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