Pet Waste


Just a friendly reminder it’s your “Doody” as a pet owner to pick up after your pet!DEGRADES OUR  TOWN – TRANSMITS DISEASE

Fast Facts: About Pet Waste

  • Pet waste left on the ground washes into local waterways.
  • Pollutants released by pet waste can be linked to water quality and health issues.
  • All pet owners living within the Columbia city limits are required to clean up any waste left by their pets when on public or private property not their own.
  • The city of Columbia Pet Waste Ordinance – Section 5-67 of Chapter 5`



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The Truth About Your Pet’s Waste:

  • Pet waste is more than just a gross and unsightly mess — it’s an environmental pollutant and a human health hazard. When left on the ground, pet waste eventually breaks down and washes into the water supply, polluting our rivers, lakes, streams, creeks and other local waterways. 
  • The average dog excretes three-fourths of a pound of waste per day — or 274 pounds of waste per year! There are now  opens in a new windowmore than 77 million dogs living in the United States, Picture 267,500 tractor-trailers filled with pet waste. Lined up they would stretch 3,800 miles, from Boston to Seattle. That’s 10 million tons each year.
  • It has been estimated that a single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria (a.k.a – E. Coli), which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans.
  • Dog waste is NOT fertilizer for your lawn. In fact, it is just the opposite and can be very toxic to your soil. Due to their high-protein diet, dog waste is highly acidic and will actually burn your grass creating brown patches.

What You Should Know:

  • It’s the law! City of Columbia urban and suburban areas require you to pick up after your pet. Even if there were no restrictions, cleaning up after your pet is always the right thing to do. 

What You Can Do: Scoop it, Bag it, Trash it!

  • Dispose of pet waste by bagging the waste and placing it in the trash.
  • Frequently pick up pet waste in your yard.
  • Keep a supply of plastic bags near your pet’s leash and always take them with you when you walk your pet.
  • DO NOT FLUSH your pet’s waste down the toilet to the sanitary sewer system. The sanitary sewer system was designed for human waste only.



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Managing pet waste properly is something that everyone can do to make a difference in their respective watersheds. What else can you do to help protect your local watershed?

  • The  opens in a new windowEPA offers tips on how you can help keep your watershed clean and healthy.  
  • Conserve water every day. Take shorter showers, fix leaks & turn off the water when not in use. 
  • Don’t pour toxic household chemicals down the drain; take them to a hazardous waste center.
  • Use native plants that require little or no watering, fertilizers or pesticides in your yard.
  • Do not over apply fertilizers. Consider using organic or slow-release fertilizers instead.
  • Recycle yard waste in a compost pile & use a mulching mower.
  • Use surfaces like wood, brick or gravel for decks & walkways; allows rain to soak in & not runoff.
  • Never pour used oil or antifreeze into the storm drain or the street.
  • Pick up after your dog, and dispose of the waste in the trash.
  • Drive less—walk or bike; many pollutants in our waters come from car exhaust and car leaks.
  • Learn more about volunteer programs to clean our local streams and creeks.



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Boone County, City of Columbia and the University of Missouri coordinate stormwater activities. The three institutions are joint holders of a Phase II Stormwater Permit issued by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).