City Should Get Poop Together Before Trying This

The City of Ottawa needs to get its fertilizer together.

The municipality is studying other provincial jurisdictions’ performance on the pressing issue of converting dog waste into … something.

Given the record of Ottawa dealing with Orgaworld, maybe our poop chiefs should be concentrating on what we do right rather than taking on another dubious problem.

The city is hoping to collect information from the experience of other municipalities on the issue and decide whether to explore it for use here. Are there not times when you feel city staff might have a bit too much time on its hands?

We’d hate to fall behind in dog-poop technology.

On the subject of getting info from other Ontario communities on their dog-poop projects, one wonders what the City of Ottawa told Blind River, Ont. about Plasco if they did indeed inquire.

Apparently a couple of organizations are exploring that question.


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7 thoughts on “City Should Get Poop Together Before Trying This

  1. Hello,
    I live close to the Byron Linear Park and am very tired of watching dog owners place their dog’s fecal matter in the waste bins. This fecal material is to be flushed down their own toilets. How often do you think this happens? The fecal material smells and is full of bacteria, possible viruses and parasites it is not a benign material. Think what the outcry would be if young children defecated in the park and it was then placed in the regular garbage bins. As usual, the lazy dog owners will have the cost of fecal receptacles picked up by the 60 per cent of us who don’t own dogs.
    The special receptacales are essential to compensate for the lazy dog owners lack of respect for the environment.


  2. Hi Mary. I own a dog and a cat and poop removal is an issue for sure. Clumping cat litter that hardens when it gets wet doesn’t go through toilets very well. As for dog poop, I pick it up in plastic sandwich bags while we walk, then put it into our outside garbage bins when I get home. (I have gained a healthy respect for how much will actually fit into a sandwich bag, a lot more than a sandwich, I’ll tell you.) After that it goes to the curb with all the rest of the trash on garbage day. It’s easy to do this when the city picks up your garbage at the end of your driveway but not so simple for apartment dwellers. By the way, I think we should define “lazy dog owners” as the ones who don’t bother to pick up after their dogs at all and leave the waste on the ground. And it’s interesting that you never mentioned dog urine in your comments. It ends up on the ground too and isn’t even visible once it dries.


    1. Sisco:

      The dog urine however does end up on our beaches after a rain and causes the beach to close.




  3. Ken, pardon me but here’s an example of where a seemingly instinctive knocking of anything emanating from City Hall is not helpful. Dog waste is a problem.
    The issue was in the news the other day because Waterloo has come up with an innovative solution of dog poop all over their parks. One of the things the article said was that “Even 1 per cent of dog feces mixed into recycling bins forces the entire container to be classified as contaminated and end up in a landfill” so keeping things separate is important. Sisco puts hers in the waste stream that goes to the landfill. At Trail Road we extract energy from the waste but clearly a separate stream of poop that one can turn into fertilizer and energy could have its advantages.
    Ottawa has a dismal record when it comes to innovative ideas, and its ability to sign sensible contracts has been rightly criticized on The Bulldog. So when someone does something that might actually be useful, let’s not knock it.


    1. EajD:

      Correct me if I’m wrong but if you flush the dog excrement down the toilet, is it not part of the solids that are taken from the polluted water and sold as fertilizer?

      So are we doing the same thing twice?

      I’m not sure of this but if my memory serves me correctly, I think that is the case.

      One also wonders how much all this poop research costs.

      You will remember the Orgaworld contract.




    2. This to my ongoing harangue about Ottawa communicating with other cities/countries about how they deal with issues we are faced with every day.


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