The dog run planners have made efforts to come up with a plan to contain the odors of dog feces at Astro Park. Unfortunately the Council doesn't have budget to pick up the feces any more often than every 6-8 weeks. So that's how long feces would stay at the dog run, before collection. The waste receptacles into which users of the dog run would put these feces would be located close to the gates of the facility, near the sidewalk on Lakeshore Ave, on the tot lot side of the dog run.
We have been unable so far to ascertain the make and model of the waste receptacles proposed for use here. We do not know what the long-term durability of the system is, or whether indeed it has been in use anywhere for the many decades needed to prove the durability needed at this location with this budget. We certainly hope that if this system were to go in, we would be far, far away on any of the occasions on which the Public Works truck came to pump out or otherwise remove the feces from the containers. If there were, in the future, to be leakage, either underground or above ground, we do not know how difficult it would be to fix a leak.
This waste collection system would unfortunately have no impact whatever on acidification of the ground caused by dog urine, or on odors from urine or from partially or wholly uncollected piles of dog feces.
ODOG issued this news release on Saturday March 19th 2011, and gave specific permission to reproduce it here.
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