Airport, train and bus stations and parks are among the first locations where the program will begin in spring
City of Toronto to launch first-ever permanent canine waste bins
Bin the dogs and don’t let them in – officials are going to have a whole fleet of programs to make sure dogs don’t bring their waste into the downtown Toronto area.
The Canadian city will introduce a new program on 7 April to collect dog waste from one of downtown’s busiest locations: on the sprawling University of Toronto campus.
The university, which is the country’s largest in terms of students, has over 20,000 students and staff on 60 campuses and there are about 20,000 visitors to campus every day, the Toronto Star reported.
“I guess like me, I definitely enjoy going to the university,” Evan Hyman, the president of the University of Toronto Students’ Union, told the paper. “But I try to make a conscious effort to keep it clean.”
Toronto picks out piles of dog poop in sidewalk after the City Council approves the program. Photograph: Peter Power/The Canadian Press/PA
The pilot program will launch in spring with the new washrooms in and around the new arts and performance center.
Airport, train and bus stations and parks are among the first locations where the program will begin.
It will not use one of the city’s fleet of disposable “urban pooper scooper” bins the program will collect waste for five days.
Toronto city council approved the program in December, but took no action during the final month of 2018.
Caitlin Stevens of Greendale, California, who attended the hearing about the program with her dog Elizabeth, told the Canadian Press the concept is “an awesome one”.
Fiona Norman, a Toronto resident who attended the hearing with her dog, found the approval of the city council to be more than a little bit strange.
“It’s a waste of money, a waste of energy to be collecting this garbage.”
She said there is no more logical solution than keeping downtown safe for residents and visitors.
“I’m happy that the city has a solution,” she said. “They need one.”