The Doody-Free Water Project, a new initiative that aims to keep Massachusetts’ waterways clean, will soon place thousands of free dog waste bags at the entrances of Boston-area green spaces, and organizers want residents to weigh in.
"The least pleasant part of owning an animal is picking up after it, but we have to change people's minds. It's not such a bad thing to be caught with a bag of poop in your hand," said Paul Delaney, who owns DoodyCalls of Southeastern Massachusetts.
The company provides dog pooper scooper service for yards, cat litter box cleaning, patio and deck deodorizing, and pet dog waste station set up and maintenance.
Residents can weigh in on where they feel the bags will best serve parks in Massachusetts by offering suggestions at Doodyfreewater.org.
The dog parks and greenways will then be selected based on factors like proximity to local waterways, public accessibility, estimated bag usage and expressed need.
DoodyCalls reports there are upwards of 1.7 million pooches currently living in the Bay State.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average dog discards approximately 3/4 pounds of waste each day. Over the course of one year, that adds up to nearly 275 pounds, most of which goes unscooped.
"Typically when we see beaches closed, and the red flags go up, pet waste is often the culprit that causes the bacteria," said Delaney. "It's not just that unscooped poop is gross. There is a huge environmental and health concern."
The scoop on poop:
- More than 84 million dogs in the U.S. deposit upwards of 62.7 million pounds of waste daily, adding up to 22.9 trillion pounds of waste per year.
- The 1.7 million Massachusetts dogs collectively deposit 1.3 million pounds of poop daily; 475 million pounds per year.
- DoodyCalls estimated that is the equivalent of 5,933 tractor trailers fully loaded to maximum capacity with dog waste. Bumper to bumper, the caravan would stretch 84 miles - the distance from Boston to Springfield.
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