Lexington County Volunteers Make Pet Waste Stations for Neighborhoods, Parks & Businesses

Lexington, SC - Cleaning up after your pet is not only considerate, it is essential in reducing the level of harmful bacteria in our waterways. To educate the public of proper clean-up and disposal of pet waste, the Lexington Countywide Stormwater Consortium provides waste stations that dispense plastic bags, at no charge, to Home Owners Associations, business owners and municipal parks. The goal of this “Trash the Poop” program is to decrease the amount of fecal contamination from dogs that enters our waterways every time it rains. As storm water flows over the ground it carries dog excrement and other pollutants through the storm drainage system into the nearest waterway. When plastic bags are available from a pet waste station, use and they are used to pick up and contain the waste until the closed bag can be placed in the trash, the level of fecal bacteria in our waterways will decrease. Our Pet Waste Stations contain signage to let dog walkers know that it is against the law to allow pet waste to remain on the ground, while at the same time providing a means for them to pick it up and dispose of it properly. Pet Waste Station distribution is an ongoing national program and has no end date. If you would like to find out more, please contact the County Environmental Coordinator, India Woodson, at Lexington County Public Works by email to iwoodson@lex-co.com or call her at (803) 785-8634 to find out how to obtain a free pet waste station for your neighborhood or business.

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