In order to protect our water supply, it's important to dispose of pet waste properly. This segments shows several options to consider.

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Proper Disposal of Pet Waste

Managing pet waste is something everyone can do in their community. We need to protect our water supply and it’s important that the waste is disposed of properly.

One way to dispose of pet waste is to flush it down the toilet. Once the waste goes into the toilet, it mixes with the water – either in the septic system or a sewage treatment plant. Most of the pollutants are removed before it reaches its outlet.

Another method to dispose of pet waste is to bury it. You’ll want to dig a hole or a trench six inches deep, and bury the pet waste. Make sure that the location you choose is situated away from gardens, play areas, or water intakes such as streams or lakes.

Pet waste can also be disposed of by putting it in the trash. However, it’s against the law in some communities, so you’ll need to check with your local ordinances. When disposing your pet waste in the trash, you can pick it up with a small plastic bag on your hand. Turn the bag wrong side out over your hand, pick up the waste, and then pull the bag so that it’s right side out. Next, close the bag and seal it.

This feature story prepared with Krista Harding, Kansas State University Research and Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent, Southwind District. For more information, visit your local county extension office or visit our website at

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