Why is Scoop the Poop important?
Pet waste is full of bacteria, viruses and parasites such as Giardia, Salmonella, and E. coli, along with the less famed Ancylostoma, Cryptosporidium, and Toxocara canis. When pet waste is left on the curb or the side of the road all of the bacteria and viruses in that pet waste are picked up by rain water and washed down the storm drain into the nearest creek, river or lake. It also has nutrients that can encourage the growth of fish-suffocating algae if released into rivers or streams. This makes the waterways unsafe for humans, animals, and aquatic life.
Many people say "Its poop, wont it decompose?" The short answer is yes, it will but when left on the surface of the ground all the harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites mentioned above drain strait into our waterways. Disposing of pet waste properly and safely is important to maintaining healthy waters and a healthy ecosystem. (check out "Disposal Methods" below).