Anyone who has ever been to Vancouver, B.C., knows that the city really likes dogs. Like, a lot.
Dogs frolic in just about every major park, they strut alongside joggers at the seawall–some restaurants even have water dishes out by the patios to keep people’s furry friends hydrated. And while we can certainly agree that dogs are awesome, they have a tendency to bring something a little less awesome with them.
Vancouver is drowning in dog poop. OK, drowning might be a bit of a stretch, but the sheer amount of pet excrement in the city is becoming a problem for municipal officials. The reason is that when most dog owners scoop their pet’s poop, they throw it away in the nearest trash can. Normally this wouldn’t be much of a problem, but because metro Vancouver is home to a whopping 350,000 dogs (who produce 500,000 tonnes of excrement), landfills are literally starting to get clogged with crap.
Vancouver has grappled with the problem before. The city unveiled a doggy toilet several years ago that was rarely used, while some dog parks have designated areas for pet poop disposal.
“Ideally what we want is the public to be able to take their waste and flush it down the toilet at home,” Doug Peterson, Operation Supervisor for Metro Vancouver Parks, said.
But since most dog owners don’t want to walk around carrying bags of poop for longer than they have to, Vancouver is now introducing entirely new garbage bins designed exclusively for dog waste. It will cost $75,000 to put them in three different parks.
The contents of the bin, meanwhile, will be shipped off to sewage treatment plants, which means the city will finally get some, er, relief from all the doggy doodoo.
For more information about the new bins, check out the video above.