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Toronto launches pilot encouraging people to properly dispose of dog poop

Mayor John Tory says Toronto has had success with similar programs in the past, including the installation of green bins in parks with dog off-leash areas. City of Toronto

Anything is paw-sible when you have a dog.

The City of Toronto is launching a pilot specifically catered to dog owners designed to test the collection of dog waste in street litter bins.

The City says the first phase of the pilot will last three months and will include 10 bins adjacent to parks and in areas with a high concentration of dogs.

One compartment on each of the recognizable trash bins has been transformed to accept dog waste and, really, you can’t miss them.

Pilot bins can be found near 1989 Queen St. East, 125 Homewood Avenue, 10 Niagara Street (three bins), and 45 Dunfield Avenue, among others:

  • 55 Rosehill Ave.
  • 88 Broadway Ave.
  • 150 Kilgour Rd.
  • Lakeshore Blvd E. & Northern Dancer Blvd.

 

The City says the pilot is being launched after studies have shown a large collection of dog waste being disposed of in the trash.

“A spring 2020 audit identified 45 percent of waste (by weight) in street litter bins as organic material and 99 percent of that organic material as dog waste,” they said in a news release.

“The goal of the pilot is to see if dog waste collection in street litter bins is feasible and can help the City divert more organic material from landfill.”

Mayor John Tory says dog waste should never be put in the recycling and that any bag, including non-compostable, can be used for dog waste.

“I encourage residents who see these new bins to use them when they are out with their dogs,” said the Mayor.

“This type of initiative is a great example of how our City is always looking for innovative ways to make it easier for our residents to help keep our streets clean and keep materials out of landfill that don’t need to be there.”

The City says if the first phase of the pilot is successful, the initiative will expand to an additional 30 bins for three months and then to 100 bins for another six months.

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