Dog poop bags in neighborhood cans: Yay or nay?

Should dog owners and walkers return home to throw away dog poop bags?

Shamontiel L. Vaughn
Sep 30 · 5 min read

I got a letter in the mail from a neighbor asking me to join NextDoor.com — the neighborhood site that’ll notify you about everything from missing pets and local job opportunities to business recommendations and items for sale.

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I’m a big fan of the Mind Your Business Fan Club and handpick the neighbors I want to know on a first-name basis. But this seemed like a great way to promote Toastmasters meetings and recommend my favorite local handyman.

In less than a week of being on NextDoor.com, I remember why I’m the president of the Mind Your Business Fan Club. I simply prefer dogs over people. What sparked my most recent rationale for being people-antisocial? There’s a forum full of opinionated suburban homeowners debating whether dog owners and dog walkers should wait until they get home to empty poop bags. Not only did this make me relieved that I live in a city full of alleys; it also made me wonder why people love their garbage so much.

While every homeowner has a right to a clean lawn and dog owners/dog walkers who do not leave dog feces behind, I’m dumbfounded by the number of people who:

  • insert ties around their garbage cans to make sure no one else’s trash goes inside
  • get in their cars and follow dog walkers all the way home to make sure the walker does not leave trash in a neighbor’s garbage can
  • call the police to report poop bags in their garbage cans
  • run outside to get the dog walker/dog owner to remove the poop bag
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When the poop hits the grass

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Stop sniffing your garbage cans

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We all poop — get over it

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Online marketplaces take advantage of the Garbage Police

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Imagine if a vegetarian felt like the Garbage Police

As a 15-year vegetarian who is immediately repulsed by the stench of meat, this comparison is accurate. However, I would never ever tell anyone to stop putting meat garbage in my garbage can where garbage goes. I’m not exactly thrilled when visitors come over eating meat or putting it in my garbage can, but I don’t make anybody go outside to the alley dumpster to dump the remainder.

And I would never ever tell anyone to stop putting meat garbage in my garbage can where garbage goes.

I’ll take his statement one step further. How would the Garbage Police feel if a restaurant or shopping mall bathroom attendant just got tired of cleaning up stopped toilets? The workers put up signs telling customers to take their poop home with them. Hell, they have bathrooms. Why must you use the mall or restaurant instead of just the employees? You can walk or drive home with your waste just like a dog walker/dog owner can walk home with a poop bag. What’s the big deal?

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Shamontiel L. Vaughn

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14-year journalist; freelance writer/editor (Upwork); Wag! dog walker; Rover dog sitter; Toastmasters SAA & member; cohost of Do Not Submit; Shamontiel.com

Doggone World

This “Doggone World” publication is for dog lovers, dog walkers, dog owners and all bark-related, feel-good activity.

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