The majority of waste generated in dog off-leash areas is organic waste, particularly dog poop. If dog owners and walkers properly dispose of dog poop in the Green Bins there is a potential to divert an additional 300 tonnes of organic waste from landfill each year.
Using the Green Bin is easy — pick up dog poop with any plastic or paper bag and place it in the Green Bin. The bag doesn’t have to be compostable or biodegradable. It is mandatory to clean up after your dog in Toronto.
If there is no Green Bin available when you need to dispose of organic waste, put it in the garbage or take it home and put it in your Green Bin. Never put dog poop in the Blue Bin (recycling). Organic waste put in the Blue Bin ruins recyclable material, sending it to landfill.
So, the next time you and your dog are enjoying a dog off-leash area in Toronto, remember dog poop (in any bag) goes in the Green Bin (organics) and never in the Blue Bin (recycling).
TIPS FOR DOG OWNERS IN PARKS:
- Help keep everyone safe — including your dog! Keep your dog on a leash, except in designated off-leash areas.
- Respect natural environments in city parks. Don’t let dogs trample plants or other park resources.
- License your dog. It’s mandatory and will help get your dog home if lost.
- Spay or neuter your dog.
- This helps prevent health problems, overpopulation and mating-related behaviour.
- Talk to your vet about the best way to protect against fleas and ticks.
- Bring water to keep your dog hydrated.
To learn more about Toronto’s Green Bin program visit toronto.ca/GreenBin
To learn more about dogs in the city visit toronto.ca/petsinthecity