Ask LA Stormwater: Can dog waste go in the green bin?

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A: First, we want to thank you for picking up your dog waste! A single gram of dog poop can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which has health risks for other dogs and humans as well as our local rivers, lakes and bays.

Now back to your question. You cannot dispose of pet waste—even pet waste in a biodegradable bag—in the green waste bin. All of those bacteria we mentioned could contaminate the contents of the container and potentially the whole truck load of green waste. If dog waste is found in the mix, the green waste can’t be composted and must go into the landfill. That would be a shame.

So toss your dog waste into the black trash bin and save the green bin for

  • Food scraps from fruits, veggies and grains. Think of the green bin as vegan. Don’t put any scraps in that contain animal products, such as meat, milk, cheese or eggs.
  • Grass, leaves, old flowers, weeds, palm fronds and tree branches, Christmas trees and clean wood. Be sure to remove any nails or wire before you put them in the bin.

And remember, LA Stormwater has free dog waste bags for Los Angeles residents. Click here to order yours! 

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Comments (3)

  1. Kerry Reis
    May 1st, 2018 at 12:36 am

    for our house i was confused at first bc our trash can is green and our yard waste is the black one but luckily our recycle one gray. i really wish it was consistent but now i know not to put dog waste in the yard waste lol i always hated knowing that plastic that is not biodegradable is there any way i can avoid using plastic bags?

  2. carol coulter
    August 22nd, 2018 at 6:45 am

    Dog poop can go in the toilet. That is the best ecological thing to do.

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      LA Stormwater
      September 10th, 2018 at 8:53 am

      Hi there!

      Thank you for your input. If you’re walking your dog, the best management practice is to dispose of the dog waste and the plastic bag that was used to pick it up in a trash bin. If you’re at home, dog waste can certainly be flushed down the toilet using a shovel or toilet paper but with some caveats. Any plastic dog waste bag (biodegradable or not), paper towels, or newspapers should not be flushed down the toilet since it could cause backups or blockages.

      Stay tuned as we are developing a blog article about this very topic. Thank you!

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