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Here are the Waterloo parks that will have dog waste recycling

The City of Waterloo will install dog waste recycling containers in three city parks later this month. The dog waste will eventually be turned into energy, fertilizer

Dog waste will be turned into energy, fertilizer

Earlier this spring the City of Waterloo announced it would be the first municipality in the country to pilot a program to turn dog waste into energy, and now the city has confirmed which parks will get the special recycling containers.

The parks are: 

  • Bechtel Dog Park 
  • Lakeshore Optimist Park
  • St. Moritz Park 

The city said those three parks were picked because there are a lot of dog owners who live nearby.

The containers will be installed in "highly visible locations" later this month, according to a release from the city.

Dog owners can use any sort of bag to collect dog waste, then deposit the waste into the special container. Then the waste will be picked up and shipped to Bio-En in Elmira, where it will be converted into energy – through a process called anaerobic digestion – and fertilizer.

According to the city, dog waste is heavy, and makes up as much as 80 per cent of the waste in garbage cans and underground waste containers in city parks and along trails. 

The city also reminded dog owners that if they're not in one of those three parks, the next best best option for disposing of dog waste is to collect it in a compostable bag and throw it in a green bin at home. 

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