Dog Waste Program

There are 30 'Dog Waste Only' red bins strategically located throughout the City.  All bins are emptied weekly and taken to the wastewater treatment plant for safe disposal.

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Managing Dog Waste at Home

Flush it: Dog waste can be flushed in the toilet, and treated at a wastewater treatment plant. 

Note: Never flush any bags, even bags labelled 'flushable' or 'biodegradable' as they will clog your plumbing, or the city sewer.

Call a collection service: There are companies that collect dog waste from private and public spaces.

Build a composter on your yard: Dog waste decomposes cleanly and without odour in a composter, and use it on shrubs. City Farmer provides instructions. Allocate a bin to this purpose only.

Note: Don't put the resulting compost, or composter on or near your vegetable garden. If you live near a stream, place your composter away from the stream, as the runoff can contain a lot of nutrients (phosphorous and nitrogen) which are not good for streams. Do not dig below groundwater.

Garbage: Pet waste is listed as prohibited from the region's garbage, but small amounts are accepted - preferably double-bagged - and put in the next pick-up. We want to limit the amount of dog waste going to the landfill. It’s potentially hazardous to staff and it also produces methane, a powerful green house gas. On warm days it smells in bags, the garbage bin and work places. We encourage the alternatives listed above.  

For further information on dog waste and waste services in the City of North Vancouver, see:

Dog Waste Program Background

In 2016 the City audited of the contents of public trash bins, and found a high percentage of dog waste compared to other waste materials. While small amounts of dog waste are permitted through the regular waste collection, large amounts are harmful to public health and the environment. Dog waste is more effectively treated through the regional wastewater (sewage) treatment plant.

In 2017, the City started a pilot program by placing red ‘Dog Waste Only’ bins in off-leash parks. The pilot program was so successful, it has been expanded to 30 bins located throughout the City.

In 2019, almost 33 tons of dog waste were diverted from the landfill. City staff continue to monitor the program and may expand it as required.

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