Let's talk about dog poop and dog leashes!

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Thank you for your feedback

Thank you for completing our surveys and providing your feedback on these important issues. The surveys are now closed. We have reviewed your feedback and have posted a summary below in the news feed section.


1. Encourage dog owners to pick up dog poop

We receive several complaints of dog poop left on fences, in parks and on trails and it seems like signage and enforcement are not working. This behaviour is not okay. It means people can't enjoy their time in parks and on trails as much as they'd like because dog poop is unhygienic and can be toxic and harmful to people and pets. Park and trail users shouldn't have to worry about stepping in it by accident and tracking it home on their shoes.


2. Encourage dog owners to keep dogs on a leashDog approaching person with a cane

We love seeing you walk your dog on local trails and in parks, however we receive several complaints about dogs being off-leash. It is a bylaw and you could be fined if you are caught walking your dog off-leash. Your dog is friendly with you but they can be threatening to other trail and park users including seniors and young children, even other dogs. It seems like signage and enforcement are not working.



Dog waste recycling container at a park

3. New locations for dog poop containers

Currently, there is one dog poop recycling container at each of these locations in Waterloo:

Bechtel Dog Park
St. Moritz Park
Lakeshore Optimist Park
McCrae Park
Rolling Hills Park
Chesapeake Park
Old Post Park

Red River Park
Mary Allen Park
Pinery Trail Park
Vista Hills Park
Waterloo Park East
Moses Springer


Dog owners pick up poop and drop it into these containers. Any type of bag can be used - they don't have to be compostable. A waste removal company empties the containers with a vacuum and transports the waste to be converted into energy.


The estimated environmental benefits are impressive. Since 2017, these containers:

  • collected 35.017 metric tonnes of dog waste
  • powered 82.23 homes for a year
  • removed the equivalent of 3.89 cars off the road for a year
  • divert about 1.3 to 1.5 metric tonnes of dog waste from the landfill every month!


Our goal is to grow this program, and install additional containers every year.

This fall, we are installing one new container at each of these locations:

  1. Bechtel Dog Park
  2. Waterloo Park West
  3. Larch Street
  4. New Hampshire Park
  5. Beechdrops Park

We chose these locations because they are high-traffic areas with lots of dogs!


In addition to the five containers listed above, we have budget to install another five units, for a total of 10 new units this year!

Our hope is that additional containers will encourage more dog owners to dispose of their dog poop properly. If we receive ideas for more than the five units we have budgeted, we will keep the list for future installations.


This is our city, our Waterloo. It's important we all do our part to follow the rules so people and pets stay safe, and our parks and trails remain beautiful and clean.

Thank you for your feedback

Thank you for completing our surveys and providing your feedback on these important issues. The surveys are now closed. We have reviewed your feedback and have posted a summary below in the news feed section.


1. Encourage dog owners to pick up dog poop

We receive several complaints of dog poop left on fences, in parks and on trails and it seems like signage and enforcement are not working. This behaviour is not okay. It means people can't enjoy their time in parks and on trails as much as they'd like because dog poop is unhygienic and can be toxic and harmful to people and pets. Park and trail users shouldn't have to worry about stepping in it by accident and tracking it home on their shoes.


2. Encourage dog owners to keep dogs on a leashDog approaching person with a cane

We love seeing you walk your dog on local trails and in parks, however we receive several complaints about dogs being off-leash. It is a bylaw and you could be fined if you are caught walking your dog off-leash. Your dog is friendly with you but they can be threatening to other trail and park users including seniors and young children, even other dogs. It seems like signage and enforcement are not working.



Dog waste recycling container at a park

3. New locations for dog poop containers

Currently, there is one dog poop recycling container at each of these locations in Waterloo:

Bechtel Dog Park
St. Moritz Park
Lakeshore Optimist Park
McCrae Park
Rolling Hills Park
Chesapeake Park
Old Post Park

Red River Park
Mary Allen Park
Pinery Trail Park
Vista Hills Park
Waterloo Park East
Moses Springer


Dog owners pick up poop and drop it into these containers. Any type of bag can be used - they don't have to be compostable. A waste removal company empties the containers with a vacuum and transports the waste to be converted into energy.


The estimated environmental benefits are impressive. Since 2017, these containers:

  • collected 35.017 metric tonnes of dog waste
  • powered 82.23 homes for a year
  • removed the equivalent of 3.89 cars off the road for a year
  • divert about 1.3 to 1.5 metric tonnes of dog waste from the landfill every month!


Our goal is to grow this program, and install additional containers every year.

This fall, we are installing one new container at each of these locations:

  1. Bechtel Dog Park
  2. Waterloo Park West
  3. Larch Street
  4. New Hampshire Park
  5. Beechdrops Park

We chose these locations because they are high-traffic areas with lots of dogs!


In addition to the five containers listed above, we have budget to install another five units, for a total of 10 new units this year!

Our hope is that additional containers will encourage more dog owners to dispose of their dog poop properly. If we receive ideas for more than the five units we have budgeted, we will keep the list for future installations.


This is our city, our Waterloo. It's important we all do our part to follow the rules so people and pets stay safe, and our parks and trails remain beautiful and clean.

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Dog poop containers

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  • The existing 13 dog waste recycling containers are marked with a blue pin. 
  • The five units we plan to install in the fall are marked with an orange pin. 
  • Scroll through the map and click on the pins for details. 
  • Use a green pin to mark your suggestions for additional/future containers.
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