Dear Dog Owner, our garbage bin is not for your dog’s poo.

Dear Dog Owner, our garbage bin is not for your dog's poo.

Dear Dog owner,

It’s nice that you own a dog. We really, really like dogs. But we’re not a big fan of dog poo. As poos go, it is one of the worst. And it’s extra disgusting when it’s left in the wrong place.

Since you own a dog, you also own its poo. And since you own its poo, it is up to you to take care of its disposal, not us. Our garbage bin is not in the lane very often but when it is, it is not there to receive your dog’s poo. Since we do not get to enjoy the joys that come with the ownership of your dog ā€“ the unconditional love, the sloppy dog kisses, the long walks in the rain ā€“ it stands to reason we shouldn’t have to deal with the downsides.

Beyond the obvious rudeness of it all, when you put your dog’s poo in our empty garbage bin it lands at the bottom. Garbage bags get put on top over the course of the week and your nicely knotted bag then squirts poo into the bottom of our bin resulting in a lovely dog poo smell every time we open it.

Now don’t think that just because we’d like to keep our bin poo-free it means that you can drop it on the ground by the fence or anywhere in the lane either. If you have enough energy to walk you dog off your property so it can do its business, you have enough energy to carry its bag of poo home with you and get rid of it properly. Its not like you’re walking an elephant.

We have seen you drop poo in our garbage bin but haven’t yet been quick enough to get out there and catch you. Please don’t let it come to that. Please be a polite and responsible dog owner.

Many thanks.



Of course, this isn’t directed at all dog owners… just the one or two taking liberties with our garbage bin. Most people who walk their dogs around our house are very conscientious about taking their baggies with them.


4 thoughts on “Dear Dog Owner, our garbage bin is not for your dog’s poo.

  1. Yes, unpicked up poo is pretty horrible. And I’m very very glad for people who pick up. Having grown up in a rural area where picking up after dogs only happened if it was in the backyard – and never, never (how embarrassing) on the roadways or public areas, I can thoroughly appreciate responsible dog owners and walkers.

    People around here are really very good about picking up. And I usually see them carting it home with them – a little baggy swinging jauntily from their hand, or from a knot in the dog’s leash.

    The gall for me is the act itself. (I admit I’ve never been asked and never actually thought about how I’d feel if I was or what I’d say).

    The foremost issue for me is that I feel it’s their dog, so it should be their bin. Their responsibility.

    The second is that it’s listed on the hazardous and banned material list by the Vancouver Engineering Services on their website and in the garbage pickup schedule and info brochure they provide:

    “If any of these items are found in your garbage cart then your cart will NOT be emptied into the truck. Similarly, if any banned material is found in any garbage bag that has been set out that bag will not be collected.”

    I’ve yet to see them inspecting our bin to see if it’s got poo in it, but I’d be more than a bit put out if my garbage wasn’t picked up because of someone else’s dog’s waste. And to add to it, it’d be me picking the baggy out of my garbage.

    I’m not entirely sure what people are to do with dog poo in this city if they can’t throw it in a bin. I have to admit, I’ve dogsat family dogs at my home and, um, binned it in my bin – obsessively bundled – because I wasn’t sure what else to do with it. I’ve also carried it the entire length of my walk with the dog to throw it away at home.

    Toronto has a greens waste program – they pick up compostable stuff, including pet droppings. Vancouver has nothing but instructions on how to build a dog waste composter which isn’t very helpful if you don’t have a yard.

    The thing is, our bin is only out there for a couple hours after pickup. The baggies end up at the bottom of the bin, sometimes get compressed and sploosh! (I don’t always check it before it putting garbage in. I guess I don’t think I should have to. And I’m not always the one bringing the garbage bin in). It’s pretty nasty when it wafts up on a hot summer day when the lid’s lifted to deposit stuff in there or when we have to scrape a flattened baggy off the bottom of a bin that’s become stuck there with garbage juice.

  2. Some people assume that if you leave your bin out for more than 24 hours then it is free to take liberties. I can understand how this frustrates, but at least it is getting picked up. There is nothing worse than having a poop littered walkway through a neighborhood. NOTHING! I admit to having used other people’s bins after asking, but I have never been turned down, so i have to wonder … just a bit … if it is the gall of not being asked rather than the act itself?

  3. Kirsti,

    I published the newspaper in my little village for 10 years and nothing, NOTHING generated as much controversy as dog poo.

    You have my sympathies. (But not my dog poo — I will save that for my own bin.)


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