15 February 2017

The problem of Dog Poo isn't going away

During the last civic election, Michael Wiebe and I campaigned on finding alternatives to dog owners putting plastic bags of waste into public garbage totes. After we were both elected we brought up this issue and were told that it would be discussed in the 'dog strategy'. This new staff report will be coming before the Park Board this year and I know both Michael and I will be keen to see what staff will be recommending. In the meantime, other municipalities in the region are moving ahead with their own strategies. Here is an article from Metro with an idea from North Van.

Dog-Waste-Only bins coming to a park near you

Mosquito Creek, Kings Mill Walk, and Lynnmouth Park will be the test sites for the pilot program, in an attempt to keep dog poop out of landfills.

By: Wanyee Li Metro Published on February 15, 2017  

More than 350,000 dogs poo in Metro Vancouver’s parks every day, according to the region’s website. Several cities are now installing dog-waste-only bins to ensure that waste goes where it belongs – in a sewage treatment facility and not the landfill.
North Vancouver is piloting a Dog-Waste-Only garbage program with designated waste bins in Mosquito Creek, Kings Mill Walk, and Lynnmouth Park. City crews will empty the bins once a week, according to the city’s website. 
The city will audit the waste bins at the end of 2017 and add more dog-waste-only bins if the program is successful. 
The City of Vancouver started a similar pilot program in the summer of 2016 and maintains dog-waste-only bins in Charleson Park, John Hendry Park, and Grimmett Park.
Surrey is trying a different approach, with a weekly dog-poo collection service for residents at $5 per week.
(c)  Metro Published on Tue Feb 14 2017

If you are interested in Vancouver's Dog strategy why not come out and share your views at one of the open houses:

People, Parks, and Dogs (Dog Strategy)
Park Board staff and Space 2 Place Landscape Architects are launching the second round of public consultation on the Park Board’s Dog strategy, consisting of small group meeting with stakeholders and two public open houses. Dates for open houses:
  • Wednesday, February 15, 5:30 – 8:30 pm at Langara Golf Course Clubhouse --- Rescheduled from Thursday, February 16.
  • Saturday, February 18, 1 – 4 pm at Kitsilano Community Centre
  • Monday, February 20, 5:30 – 8:30 pm at Wise Hall
  • Saturday, February 25, 1 – 4 pm at East Fraser Lands Showroom
  • Wednesday, March 1, 5:30 – 8:30 pm at VPL Central Branch
  • Saturday, March 4, 1 – 4 pm at PNE Hastings Room

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