The Water Cooler – Dog Droppings in the Garbage Can

August 11, 2017 12:00 pm · 52 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:

Today’s question came from a Claycordian:

Do you think it’s rude to throw your dog’s droppings in somebody else’s garbage can when you’re out for a walk?

Talk about it….

Dee August 11, 2017 at 12:02 PM

Yes. If you carry bags like you should, toss them in your own can

Kentucky Derby August 11, 2017 at 12:07 PM

I remember this question last time it was discussed – years ago. Yes, I think it’s rude. No, it wouldn’t bother me. It’s a garbage can. It will be picked up by the garbage company.

I’d rather you put in my garbage can than leave it somewhere I’d step on it, and ruin a good pair of shoes.

The appropriate thing to do is bring the droppings home – dispose of it yourself – but it’s a garbage can.

TIFOKCIS August 11, 2017 at 12:10 PM

This is a problem when the can empty ie: garbage pick up day, post collection.

The poop not only ferments for the next 7 days it gets smashed by the person’s trash who pays for that service and makes a mess on the bottom of the can.

Grow up people, its your dog.

ME August 11, 2017 at 12:17 PM

I don’t mind if someone puts their doggy bags in my garbage, yet I feel weird putting the bags in other people’s garbage cans. On a rare, desperate, occasion I’ve used other people’s.

thank you August 11, 2017 at 12:21 PM

Thank you TIFOCIS I couldn’t have said it better…

Rob August 11, 2017 at 12:27 PM

Rude – yes
But if my trash can is out for collection, I don’t really care – and as long as it’s in a plastic bag and not spreading around the can.

Anon Today August 11, 2017 at 12:32 PM

They should use their own can, but it’s still better than just leaving it for someone to step in 🙁

PS: Please address the subject of our Filthy Trash covered roadways. What a Dump. I guess it’s too much “punishment” to have criminals out there cleaning up.

JEN August 11, 2017 at 12:48 PM

If garbage has not been picked up yet (on garbage day) and the can is on the street then I have on rare occasions but normally I include a public space on our walks like passing by the canal trail or a park so I can dispose of it in a public trashcan I agree with ME I wouldn’t mind someone putting there poop bag in my trashcan but I feel weird if I do it

PH Mom August 11, 2017 at 12:55 PM

This happens regularly to me on Sunday nights/Monday mornings when cans are on the curb for pick up. I don’t mind if it goes out with that week’s trash but I do when the can has just been emptied. Seriously, why do people think this is ok? Like TIFOKCIS pointed out, the poop bag after 7 days smells up the entire can especially on hot summer days. Yuck!

Mary Fouts August 11, 2017 at 12:59 PM

If it is trash pickup day and cans are on curb, and NOT picked up, I will put a poop bag in the garbage can. If picked up – like had already happened today in WC – I do not, carry it home. I also never use a can positioned on someone’s driveway.

We tell dog walkers we frequently see in front of our home that they can use our trash can at any time to dispose of their poop; we keep it stored on the side of the driveway. But ours has bagged poop in it already, anyway.

I wish there were more public trashcans. Public trash, particularly fast food bags and remnants – has gotten worse.

Keep all three Barrels Up August 11, 2017 at 1:01 PM

I still don’t understand why people feel it’s OK to let their pets pee on every bush or fence post. You’re taking your dog for a walk. Not a pee. I go out and trim my bushes and pull weeds. I don’t want my hands in your dogs urine. When I walk my dogs, it’s out in the street so they keep walking, and not stop by every bush or poll and piss. I see the same people every morning walking their Beagle mix, Great Dane, and Shepherd. Please show some respect for others. I didn’t fix up my yard and plant bushes for your pets toilet!

Stove August 11, 2017 at 1:08 PM

I think its extremely rude and it stinks, especially if thrown in an empty garbage. Ive had someone pickup the poop, put it in a bag and leave it on my curb, i assumed they would pick up later, they did not so i watched where they went and after they went into the house, later that night i went out and placed the poop bag in their mailbox. Never had any more full poop bags on my curb.

PH Fan August 11, 2017 at 1:36 PM

If I am out for a walk, on trash day, and the person’s trash has not been picked up yet… Then I might. Otherwise always take it home with me.

Ajm August 11, 2017 at 1:43 PM

It makes me furious since I would never put my doggy bag in someone else’s can. The whole can stinks for weeks. I resorted to taping my can up for a while since some neighbor would deposit her dogs waste in my can daily.

😈 August 11, 2017 at 1:48 PM

I have dogs and I rather them use my can than leave it. But I do think it’s rude, the only time I have done it , is when the can was on the curb to be picked up and they haven’t came yet.

Anonymous. August 11, 2017 at 2:01 PM

If you are leaving your garbage cans out on the curb for more than a couple of hours than you deserve to have it filled with poop.

The Mamba August 11, 2017 at 2:03 PM

I really don’t care, trash is trash and I’d rather be a good neighbor than worry about it.

Incognito August 11, 2017 at 2:21 PM

I’d rather see that than what I usually see, and that is blue poop bags dropped on the ground rather than disposing them in a garbage can at all!

George August 11, 2017 at 2:23 PM

Well at least the dog owner picked up the crap. It would be in plastic bag so no issues using my trash.

Don’t we have bigger things to worry about?

THE ANIMAL August 11, 2017 at 2:40 PM

I don’t mind. At least it’s getting picked up. I always picked up after my
2 Rottweilers ,a person could trip over their ”logs”……………………….

Concord Grape August 11, 2017 at 2:45 PM

#16 evidently you do not work

anon August 11, 2017 at 2:52 PM

I’m elderly and I sometimes put my garbage can out early in the morning to avoid having to “muscle” it to the curb in the heat of the day. And, “NO,” I don’t deserve to have it filled with your smelly dog crap because I do.

anon August 11, 2017 at 2:59 PM

And, another thing … those unsightly cans are supposed to be stored out of sight, behind a fence, not visible from the street. They are to be taken in the evening of the day the trash is collected … not sit at the curb for days on end.

Keep all three Barrels Up August 11, 2017 at 3:08 PM

#16 if you think everyone should rush home from work and put their cans away, you’re delusional!! Lol

Silva August 11, 2017 at 3:15 PM

It beats the heck out of the good old days when dogs roamed free and stepping in poop getting from the door to the car and vice versa was a common occurrence. Or kids playing on the grass coming in after accidently rolling around in it. Or plowing through it with the lawnmower. I once stepped in it with my waffle stompers on my mom’s lawn. It was a cold winter morning before a six hour drive in sideways rain with all the windows open. I was already 30 miles from my home, so I couldn’t just get another pair of shoes. It’s a bit presumptuous, but do be my guest.

Mixed Vegetables August 11, 2017 at 3:54 PM

Assuming the person used proper K-9 fecal collection bags and tied them closed tightly, the smell you are all complaining about should be fairly nonexistent. I see no problem with it as long as it’s in a sealed bag. I don’t sit around and sniff my garbage and it doesn’t bother me that it smells a little when I open the lid.. It’s an outdoor trash can for petes sake.

Cowellian August 11, 2017 at 4:03 PM

Just curious, but how does your neighbor have access to your can on a daily basis?

Gargoyle August 11, 2017 at 4:39 PM

I hike the surrounding hills with my dogs, if they go off trail I don’t care. I see plastic ‘doggie’ bags on these up in the hills trails. Explain that.

Silva August 11, 2017 at 5:01 PM

Our bins are in the same place they were in 1964. We didn’t bother disguising them when Concord became all Ritzy fru-fru.

Atticus Thraxx August 11, 2017 at 5:13 PM

An excerpt from my list of the top 1000 things I concern myself with
Number 990. Excessive earwax.
Number 991. Dog poop in my garbage.
Number 992. Economic output and gross GDP of the nation of Iceland.

anon August 11, 2017 at 5:27 PM

Why put poop in a bag and leave it on the ground? Eventually the bag decomposes and the poop is back on the ground.

Newellian August 11, 2017 at 5:46 PM

I think that people who put their dog poop in others’ garbage cans are entitled and presumptuous. It’s your dog, it’s your crap, take it home. I’ve even experienced people coming up our driveway to the back gate to put their doggie crap in our garbage can.

Mich August 11, 2017 at 6:12 PM

I rather them do that instead of leaving it on my lawn.

P.HILL RESIDENT August 11, 2017 at 6:51 PM

flush it down the toilet and let it get treated with all the other sewage

Jazmine August 11, 2017 at 7:28 PM

No. Feel free to use my can, if you’d like.
When your can gets dirty, you can always call the garbage service to bring switch out your can and bring you a clean one

ggg August 11, 2017 at 8:04 PM

No. 14. … the code requires you to place your cans out of public view within 24 hours of pick up. If you leave your cans at the curb 24/7, you get what you deserve.

big dog August 11, 2017 at 8:39 PM

Just another point of view…I walk regularly with 2 very large dogs. I pick up their poop when they go in a k9 poop bag that is securely tied with little and even no smell. I use to try to carry it home, but one time had a loose tiny dog start to show how brave he was and came after us. Needless to say, it was a bit difficult to handle two large dogs with another loose dog when I had bagged poop in my hands… thank you to those that allow me to dispose of my waste in your cans…

Puffandstuff August 11, 2017 at 8:48 PM

I had someone throw it in our green waste can and that is really not ok!

Dave August 11, 2017 at 8:55 PM

No , It would not bother me , what does bother me though is when people pick up there dog’s poop , bag it up and then throw it back on the ground for apparently someone else to pick up ! I see it all the time at/near Clayton dog park.

Dr. Jellyfinger August 11, 2017 at 9:11 PM

Are you people serious?

Just tie the bag to the leash, about halfway up…. or wear a cheap fanny pack to put it in.

What the heck would you do if you didn’t walk your dog on garbage pick up day?

Former Doggie Owner August 11, 2017 at 11:27 PM

I generally carried my dog’s poop back home and put it in my own can. But sure, I might have put it in someone else’s can once in a while if the can was by the curb. I often picked up other trash such as fast food wrappers and water bottles and dropped them in a can along the way, so I might have dropped the dog poop bag in too. It’s a garbage can! It’s for garbage! It’s always dirty and smelly!

I don’t mind if other people deposit a poop bag or a piece of trash if my can is out by the curb on trash day. My garbage can is not that precious to me. They are doing the right thing by cleaning up after their dog, and I appreciate them picking up trash that has blown out of a can or been dropped by litterbugs.

ggg August 12, 2017 at 11:15 AM

When you see a bag on a hiking trail, it usually means that owner will pick it up on his way back.

Keep all three Barrels Up August 12, 2017 at 11:54 AM

@ Same. Wow I can’t believe how inconsiderate you are. People pay a lot of money to beautify their yards. And take pride in home ownership. You think it’s OK to let your dog urinate on someone’s flowers that they have spent time and money on and planted and watered just to let it die from all the inconsiderate people like yourself who feel nothing about letting your precious pouch urinate on other peoples stuff! That’s really sad. I guess you have no common courtesy for others.

Chicken Little August 12, 2017 at 1:32 PM

From what I have seen (the same bags sitting in the same place for days until a park worker finally picks them up), your theory is only true a tiny percentage of the time.

Dr. Jellyfinger August 12, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Some neighborhoods are so considerate that they put dog poop drop off receptacles at convenient locations for dog walkers to use.

Ancient Mariner August 12, 2017 at 8:28 PM

What about the dog’s point of view?
“I pooped and my owner picked it up and saved it – what a strange human – that’s just disgusting. What do they do with it? Is it some sort of talisman for them? Oops – I feel another one coming.”

anon August 12, 2017 at 10:23 PM

Unfortunately, and more than once, I have had to go through the garbage can looking for something I accidentalky threw away.. I don’t mind sorting through my cat’s bags ‘o crap, but your dog’s? Seriously?

anon August 13, 2017 at 10:29 AM

Here are the instructions in the brochure from Republic Services which serves Clayton, as printed in their brochute entitled “Residential Services Guide:”

“The City of Clayton’s quality community standard calls for no carts at the curb before noon the day before collection, and plesse REMOVE YOUR CARTS BY 10 P.M. THE DAY OF COLLECTION.” (Emphasis my own.)

Silva August 14, 2017 at 8:39 AM

BTW #44, plants don’t mind a bit of urine. Most plants are acid loving, and the PH of our water is way too high. They also really appreciate the nitrogen.

Keep all three Barrels Up August 14, 2017 at 11:22 PM

Ok Silva, please tell that to my neighbor who’s plants and flowers have died. Just sad to hear them talk about it. What should I say? Silva said you planted the wrong plants. She said most plants like the acid in dog urine.

Silva August 15, 2017 at 8:04 AM

Keep all three Barrels Up, My apologies. Yes, I can see that must be very frustrating. I guess there can always be way too much of a good thing. I forgot, where one dog goes they all must go. I wonder if there are things to repel dogs, like there are for cats? Or different more durable flowers for a problem spot.. I must’ve never had that particular problem. Sorry.

Same August 17, 2017 at 12:41 AM

The way ya’ll describe it, dog urine is more effective than roundup.

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