Dog owners are bad for the environment adding to plastic pollution problems by insisting on wrapping dog feces in plastic. Also the manufacturers of the plastic dog poo bags are contributing to the problem by making claims that these bags are biodegradable which they may be but only after about a million years under the right set of environmental conditions. These false claims are leading to a situation whereby some ignorant dog owners are taking this labelling at face value and leaving used bags lying around on the ground thinking that they will magically disappear. However even the more responsible dog owners are also being misled and are perhaps unknowing still contributing to the problems of environmental plastic pollution by putting these used dog poo bags into waste bins which will eventually end up as landfill.
Dog feces wrapped in plastic will not biodegrade for a prolonged period if at all whereas dog feces not wrapped up in plastic will biodegrade completely with a week or 2 left in the environment. Even Local Councils are contributing to the problems which they then have to deal with by providing and maintaining landfill sites by having outdated and ill-informed policies relating to the ‘responsible’ disposal of dog feces and associated fines.
To dispose of dog feces responsibly whilst also looking after the environment by not adding unnecessary amounts of plastic to the environment all dog owners need is a rubber latex glove and a strong stomach. Put on the gloves, pick up the feces and remove it to a hedgerow or somewhere else where people do not walk and it is not causing offence. Put the glove in a bag and take it home to wash it at a later date. It’s really not that difficult to look after the environment.