The whole poop 

"We use a grabber to clean up dog waste from the yard."

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Hi Renee,

I was wondering if you know of an environmentally friendly way to dispose dog waste? I cringe every time I pull out a plastic (albeit recycled) bag to clean the yard.



Hi Sarah,

You’re barking up the right tree with this dog lover. I think it’s crap when people say they take plastic bags at the store so they can “recycle” them picking up poop.

We use a grabber to clean up dog waste from the yard. Just grip one end, close the other end around the poo, and release it into the trash. They come in rake/scoop form too. You can find a pooper scooper that will work for you at just about any pet supply store.

Thanks for being a responsible pet owner and cleaning up your pet waste. Pet waste left behind can be picked up by storm water runoff and contaminate nearby waterways. It can carry bacteria, viruses, parasites, and nutrients that cause harmful algae growth.

Piece out,


(NOTE: This article appeared in the Jan. 6, 2016 issue of NUVO.)


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