Let's talk about dog poop and dog leashes!

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We need your help to solve some ongoing challenges we have with dog poop and dog leashes!


1. Suggest ideas to 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. City staff have brainstormed some ideas we think might help and we need your input. Please take our dog poop survey and tell us what you think.


2. Suggest ideas to 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. What do you think we can do to encourage dog owners to keep their dogs on a leash? Please take our dog leash survey and tell us what you think.


Dog waste recycling container at a park

3. Suggest 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!


Where else in Waterloo should we install additional containers?

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! Where should we install them? Remember, the unit needs to be accessible by truck so it can be easily emptied.

You can tell us where we should install the additional containers by sharing your idea or by dropping a pin on our map.

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. Your feedback will help us shape the future of this program!


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.


Next steps:

Public consultation is open now until May 31, 2021. We will compile your feedback and let you know what we heard, and how we're going to proceed. We look forward to hearing and seeing your ideas. Thank you for participating!


We need your help to solve some ongoing challenges we have with dog poop and dog leashes!


1. Suggest ideas to 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. City staff have brainstormed some ideas we think might help and we need your input. Please take our dog poop survey and tell us what you think.


2. Suggest ideas to 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. What do you think we can do to encourage dog owners to keep their dogs on a leash? Please take our dog leash survey and tell us what you think.


Dog waste recycling container at a park

3. Suggest 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!


Where else in Waterloo should we install additional containers?

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! Where should we install them? Remember, the unit needs to be accessible by truck so it can be easily emptied.

You can tell us where we should install the additional containers by sharing your idea or by dropping a pin on our map.

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. Your feedback will help us shape the future of this program!


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.


Next steps:

Public consultation is open now until May 31, 2021. We will compile your feedback and let you know what we heard, and how we're going to proceed. We look forward to hearing and seeing your ideas. Thank you for participating!


Do you have a question about any component of this project? Post it here and our project team will respond.

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    After submitting the survey I was unable to submit follow up comments :( Have you considered having a team stand / walk around some of the areas with complaints and run a quick survey of dog owners who pass? "What do you do after a dog poops? Why do you think some people don't pick it up, or leave bags of poop? Why do you think some people aren't happy when poop is left or bags aren't picked up?" Maybe that could help collect a better picture of the situation, since I doubt the survey is being filled out by the people who leave poop around the neighbourhood. Conducting the survey could be a volunteer position for high school students to collect volunteer hours, so could be low cost for the city.

    CF asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for submitting this question/idea. We'll add it to the feedback we receive for this project and determine if we can implement it through volunteer work, etc., as you suggest. Thanks again!