There are 78.2 million dogs in the US today. (aspca)
The U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms that pet waste
can spread parasites including hookworms, ringworms, tapeworms and salmonella.
Studies done in recent years put dog waste 3rd or 4th on the list of contributors
to bacteria in contaminated waters. (Microbiologist from University of South Florida)
At Morro Bay, California, dogs contribute roughly 10% of the E. Coli, and that can
be the difference between a beach closing and a beach not closing. (Microbiologist
from California Polytechnic State University) USA Today
In Washington DC, officials estimate 12,000 dogs leave more than 5000 pounds of
solid waste per day.
There are an estimated 650,000 to 800,000 dogs in Ireland today.
Dogs produce 100 tonnes of faeces every day. (based on 650,000 dogs)
Litter wardens, Dog wardens, Gardaí (Police), and Traffic Wardens can issue on the
spot fines of €150 for dog fouling, to a maximum fine prosecution of €3,000. (Current
Irish law, Irish Independent; 12th of May 2004)
15 of the 28 landfill facilities will be full in just 3 year’s time. (Irish independent;
The government target that the recycling rate should increase by up to 50% by the
The Department of the Environment’s policy on waste, set in October 1998, is firmly
grounded in an internationally recognised hierarchy of options. Namely; prevention,
minimisation, reuse/recycling, and the environmentally sustainable disposal of waste
which cannot be prevented or recovered.
Goals set by the Department of the Environment to be achieved by 2013 include;
-Diversion of 50% of overall household waste away from landfill.
-A minimum 65% reduction in biodegradable municipal waste consigned to landfill.