Company Combats Dog Poop in Parks

Denver company starts program to keep city parks free from pet waste.

Posted: August 5, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

Poo Free Parks, a Denver-based provider of eco-friendly pet waste bags and dispensers, has introduced an environmentally-responsible program aimed at keeping city parks free from dog waste.

Through the sponsorship-funded Poo Free Parks Program, Poo Free Parks plans to install and maintain pet waste bag dispensers in city parks across the country.

“We are very confident that this program will allow residents and visitors to continue enjoying the parks while disposing of pet waste properly and reducing the amount of harmful plastics in the environment at no cost to taxpayers,” said Poo Free Parks President Bill Airy.

The program will kick off in the company’s own backyard of Denver where Poo Free Parks plans to install and maintain a minimum of 200 pet waste bag dispensers in city and county parks. Poo Free Parks’ dispensers are made from 100 percent recycled aluminum and the bags are 100 percent biodegradable, according to the company. In addition, Poo Free Parks’ maintenance crews will drive hybrid vehicles to install and service the dispensers.

The Denver project will serve as a pilot program, Airy said. He expects the project to save the city and county of Denver an estimated $250,000 in costs associated with providing citizens with pet waste clean-up materials.

Airy expects to start installation within six weeks. In the meantime, Poo Free Parks is eyeing other cities to participate in the program. Airy said he is currently pursuing talks with officials in San Francisco, San Diego and New York City.


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Alpha   Edgewater, CO

8/17/2009 8:27:34 PM

It is an amazing idea. Especially for a city that has no money to spend on helping clean up dog waste. It is supported by the GreenWayFoundation and is green green green all round!! Remember the name as it will be seen all over the USA soon! It is an awesome company idea all round and I can't wait to see it in our Denver Parks soon! It has been voted in! Yeah!

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S.M.   Gl, AZ

8/6/2009 7:26:23 PM

This is already happening in many cities. Too save cost, why don't they have bag holders placed where people walk their dogs and have walkers or other people deposit their grocery store bags in these holders. Then the city wouldn't have to go to the expense of buying bags for those too forgetful to bring them along on their walks.

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Liza   Grand Bay-Westfield, NB

8/6/2009 9:22:47 AM

We already have that here in our parks and walking trails but people don't use them. I carry my own. I don't know why some people just can't get over themselves and clean up after their dog.

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

8/5/2009 11:42:01 PM

Sounds like a good idea. The sign is really cute.

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