Our dog Sullivan turned 9 this past weekend. Sullivan is awesome, but like all other mammals, he generates a good amount of biological waste. When we moved to Waterloo, we were happy to see that a green bin program was in operation. We used biodegradable pet waste bags to collect his waste and put them in the green bin. Unfortunately, many weeks the bags weren’t accepted by our waste collectors (not sure why) and we switched to disposing of the waste in the garbage. We live in the Beechwood part of Waterloo and there are many dog owners in our neighbourhood. The public garbage cans in McCrae Park were essentially repositories for dog waste. While it was good that most pet owners were being responsible and picking up after their pets, it wasn’t great that all of that dog waste was going to a landfill.
About a month ago, we saw a large concrete structure sitting near the road in McCrae Park. A few days later this pit had been installed as part of a pet waste station. Waterloo had invested in and installed a Sutera in-ground pet waste system. The waste is collected and transported to an organic waste plant and is converted into electricity. Our site was added after a successful pilot program in other parts of Waterloo. Since the installation of the Sutera unit, the city has been able to get rid of two public garbage cans in the park. I think that this is an awesome initiative and have been very pleased at the success of the program. It’s convenient, easy, and is no doubt diverting large amounts of dog waste from the landfill. Kudos to the City of Waterloo for being so forward thinking!