Whether you gaze at Richardson Bay, play in the surf at Stinson Beach, hike to the heights of Mt. Tam, or stroll along Corte Madera Creek, the beauty of Marin will captivate you and keep you coming back for more. But when pet waste is improperly disposed, it can be picked up by water and washed into storm drains or directly into local creeks, bays or the ocean. Once in the water, pet waste contributes pathogens and nutrients that can negatively impact water quality. One of the ways that state and local agencies are working together to reduce the amount of pathogens found in our waterways is by eliminating the urban sources from the surrounding land.
Did you know there are more than nineteen thousand licensed dogs with the Marin Humane Society? That's more than fourteen thousand pounds of dog poop a day! To protect the water quality in our creeks, bays and ocean, and the health of our families it is important for all dog owners to pick up after their pets!
- Always bag your dog's waste and throw it away in the trash (NOT the green bin)
- Pick it up and pack it out when enjoying one of Marin's dog-friendly hikes or walks around your neighborhood
- Pick up pet waste in your yard - pathogens will stay for months to years and put you, your family, and the environment at risk
- Don't use pet waste for fertilizer or bury it where food will be grown
Dispose of kitty litter and cat waste properly by bagging the used litter and place it in the trash. Sanitary Districts do not allow flushing cat litter down the toilet. Even kitty litter made from pine or other natural materials cannot be placed in vegetable gardens or compost piles. If the cat waste carries pathogens, the temperatures in sewage treatment plants, composters, and digesters may not reach the high temperatures needed to kill the pathogens.
Rabbit, Tortoise and Small Animal Litter
Like kitty litter, soiled small animal litter and bedding material should be put in the garbage. The waste can also carry pathogens.