In a city of 100,000 people (or 43 square miles), dogs can generate about 2.5 tons of poop per day, which translates to 2 million pounds a year.
Much of it remains on the ground when pet owners who walk their canine companions are too lazy to find dumpsters, are far from home or want to spare their home trash cans.
But leaving dog droppings on streets, sidewalks and lawns invites bacteria and parasites, which can seep into groundwater.
This crappy conundrum prompted three University of Florida graduates to invent Flush Puppies: biodegradable, water-soluble and flushable doodie bags. Once you flush a bag down the toilet, the entire package can be properly detoxified and processed with human waste.
“My trash receptacle wasn’t in reachable distance from my apartment,” says Chris Mercer, one of the product’s inventors, “but my toilet was right there. Flushing dog poop just makes sense.”
According to the Flush Puppies folks, dog poop is classified as a “non-point source of pollution” that’s particularly harmful to children. If parasites like hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms are present, they can live in the ground for years.
Very cool product for both mainstream and organic consumers. Highly recommend it. Going to skip lunch.