There are a wide variety of community groups taking on projects to help manage pet waste better. Surveys of dog owners have shown there is a willingness by many to do the 'right thing' but they are often confused about their options.
Community groups can play a key role to improve pet owner education of key messages, gain funds to trial projects in their town, and advocate for eco-friendly services, for example ask their municipality/ council for green community dog poop bins and compostable bags at dog off lead areas and community parks, offer incentives to buy a home pet composter.
Pet owners and community organisations want to manage pet waste better. For a long time, education strategies to pick up after our dogs have worked. The dog poop has been picked up, but we failed to act on the “then what”!
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Whether advocating for pet waste repurposing projects or policy changes, ‘normal’ people will find power in numbers. Look for like-minded associates who will see the effort as a win-win – for their and their community’s goals and values. Invite eco-savvy pet lovers to join a pack that will take a bite out of landfill waste. We can do much better at reusing the earth’s finite resources!
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Raising funds is fundamental for implementing and ensuring the continuity of pet waste repurposing projects. Applying for grants is a good way to organise the information needed for efficient operations. In some cases, asking a decision-making board to add a budget item is sufficient if enough local residents demonstrate enthusiasm for positive change. Obtaining a grant or fundraising assets can garner support from the public and key decision-makers.
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