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In July, I revamped the homemade poop bag dispenser I had put up on our Seattle street last year. I also put two new community poop bag share stations nearby, one at the park and one on a neighbors fence post (per the neighbors request.) Just like the do-it-yourself poop bag holder I put up last fall, the two new dispensers took a little while to catch on. I am pleased to share that both re-purposed materials poop bag holders have been pleasantly filled for a while now and Jason and I have definitely noticed less poop on the ground nearby.
These overwhelmingly positive results have not been without risk. The original utility pole poop bag dispenser that I put up is technically against City of Seattle code. I kept a close eye on it to make sure that it hasn't been an eye sore, made or turned into litter, which I believe is the main intent of this law. Also, for the safety of utility workers, I cleared old staples and nails from the pole when I put the poop bags dispenser up and when I re-did the station. Obviously, if it was removed or I was asked to take it down, I would. I couldn't find any city park regulations about putting the poop bag share station up in the park, I was fully expecting city park workers to remove it. However, that station was also one I was most hoping would catch on. The third homemade dispenser that is on private property was the least risky I installed but I feared it would not be used. In a passing conversation with the neighbor, I found out a poop bag holder attached to her fence post might help in keeping the public space behind her property cleaner. It's worked!
Have you tried adding a community poop bag share station in your neighborhood? A lot of readers have expressed concerns that their cities or neighborhoods might not allow such scoop that poop reminders. Here are some suggestions to help clean up your neighborhood, provide poop nags for those who might occasionally forget or run out (it happens to the best of us!) and spread the Scoop That Poop word:
- Know the law. Check your neighborhood rules and laws about posting signs and items. If you are not allowed to install neighborhood poop bag share stations on public property, add them on private property. If you put a successful station in your yard, other neighbors might want them in their yards too.
- Change the rules. Attend neighborhood, park or city meetings. If city, park or neighborhood officials know the importance of adding community poop bag share stations to your streets or parks, they can create an allowance. Perhaps you can get them to allow one as an experiment (like I did with my first one.) It could prove a poop bag share station can help and not look ugly. Personally, I think anything looks better than poop on the ground!
- Seek allies. If you work with other neighbors either to change the rules to allow poop bag dispensers to be installed or to put community poop bag share stations up, more people will learn how important it is to clean up after their dogs. Talk to other dog owners on your street, ask neighbors whose yards often have a lot of poop, or pass out flyers to find other neighbors that agree your neighborhood would benefit from a poop bag exchange. The neighbor whose fence post I put a poop bag dispenser on does not have dogs but has been pleasantly surprised by the results of the poop bag holder. I soon hope to find more neighbors willing to host community poop bag share stations.