Potential ban on plastic bags has pet owners wondering the best way to dispose of dog poop

Posted by Trish Riley, August 3, 2010

Dog owners are howling over the disappearance of plastic grocery bags.

Dog waste needs to be picked up. Aside from aesthetic concerns, it’s a serious public health issue when washed into streams, particularly smaller streams. Between 10 and 15 percent of all E. coli bacteria found in area creeks stem from pets, studies revealed.

So what’s the best way? It seems intuitive that using a product made from a fossil-fuel derivative — polyethylene — merely to encase fecal matter so it can be deposited in a landfill is a bad thing. But most of the available alternatives — including several decorated with a green label — are no kinder to Mother Earth.

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