February 11, 2021, Submitted by Georgia Goldman
Recently I noticed that our community is littered with dog poop. It makes me very frustrated when I am picking up my dog’s poop and others are not! Do you know that when you leave dog poop you are not only littering your neighborhood, but you are causing other issues too.
If you did not, this should be a wakeup call.
Did you know if you leave dog’s poop for a long amount of time it can actually damage the landscape? Dog waste is so high in nitrogen and phosphorus that it can have the opposite effect of fertilizer. It can actually burn your lawn or your neighbor’s lawn if you don't pick it up. And snow is no excuse. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean you should leave it!
Dog waste is even more full of disease causing bacteria and parasites than other types of waste—and it could make other dogs sick! Picking up after your dog is not only polite and courteous, but it is your responsibility as a dog owner. When you don’t pick up dog poop in parks, lawns, and other public places, it can lay there and start to smell.
Over the years people have used your average plastic poop bags, but do you really want to hurt the environment? No. So use biodegradable or recycled ones because they are environmentally friendly!
In closing, just because you do not want to pick up your dog’s poop does not mean you should leave it there. I do not want to have to pick up your waste either. It is not my responsibility. It’s up to all of us to make Hingham a better place to live.