Pet Waste in Pierce County

Clean Paws. Clean Lawns. Clean Streams.

Did you know that Pierce County is home to more than 206,000 dogs? That translates to more than 68,000 pounds, or 34 tons, of dog waste every single day. Pet waste contains harmful organisms like E.coli, Giardia, and roundworms that can be transmitted to people and pets if not cleaned up and properly disposed of. 

When it rains, harmful bacteria from pet waste travels to nearby streams and storm drains. You can protect yourself, your pets, and the environment by picking up pet waste, bagging it and putting it in the trash.

Landfills are designed to handle pet waste safely. Yards, trails, streets, parks, toilets, and compost piles are not. Remember to take a bag with you on walks or use the dog waste stations in common areas. At home, daily pick up is best.

  1. What is the problem with pet waste?
  2. Can I use pet waste as compost or fertilizer?
  3. Can I flush pet waste down the toilet?

Scoop it. Bag it. Trash itPet waste is a health risk to people, especially children. It is full of bacteria that can make people sick. Some of these organisms can survive in the soil for years. Children who play in the yard and adults who garden are most at risk of infection. Pet waste contains roundworms, E.coli, giardia and many other microorganisms that can be transmitted to people.

If it's washed through storm drains and into a lake, stream or Puget Sound, the bacteria can end up in fish and shellfish. People who eat contaminated shellfish or drink the water can get very sick.

Free Pet Waste Stations Available

If your neighborhood has a dog waste problem in a common area like a community park, green belt or open space you could qualify for a free pet waste station!

While supplies last, Pierce County will provide a free station for your neighborhood. Learn more and apply to be a sponsor. Thank you for keeping our neighborhoods and waterways clean! To be eligible for a free waste station, you must live in unincorporated Pierce County.

Free Dog Waste Station