New York Daily News: APRIL 21, 2012
America’s dogs poop 10 million tons a year, a potential health hazard, waste firm finds. It’s enough to fill a line of fully-loaded tractor trailers stretching from Seattle to Boston
Man’s best friend can be crappy for the environment.
The 78 million dogs in America collectively produce 10 million tons of poop each year — enough to fill a line of fully-loaded tractor trailers stretching from Seattle to Boston, according to DoodyCalls, a Virginia-based pet waste pick-up service that is using Sunday’s Earth Day celebration to highlight the public health benefits of picking up after the country’s pets.
Dog waste contains nutrients, bacteria and parasites that can contaminate water bodies and make people sick. Left on the ground, droppings from about 100 canines over the course of two or three days can generate enough bacteria to close bays and other bodies of water in a 20-mile radius.