Don’t let your neighborhood go to the dogs. Beginning this month, Hampton Roads residents can apply for a free pet waste station through a new grant program from askHRgreen.org. Geared toward neighborhood associations, community groups and property managers that are ready to make scooping the poop a priority, the grants will be awarded on a first come, first-served basis, and applicants may apply online.
For those who qualify, askHRgreen.org provides the pet waste station, which comes ready to install and includes a post, sign, bag dispenser, waste can, hardware, 400 dog waste bags and 50 can liners. The community group is responsible for installing the station, emptying the trash regularly and replacing the bags.
“This is a great way for community groups to end the year on a green note,” said Julia B. Hillegass, askHRgreen.org team leader. “Having access to both a communal receptacle and the bags, pet owners have no excuse for not cleaning up after their dogs. It’s good for their neighborhood—and good for the environment.”
In addition to being unsightly, pet waste gets washed into nearby waterways when it rains and becomes a major source of nitrogen and bacteria pollution. This excess nitrogen and bacteria is responsible for cloudy, green, foul-smelling water, aquatic dead zones, declines in local fish and crab populations and beach closures.
Supplies are limited, and askHRgreen.org will accept applications as long as the pet waste stations are in stock. For more info on ways to keep Hampton Roads waterways clean, go to askHRgreen.org.