Scoop 2 Superhero

Have you ever dreamed of being a superhero? What about making a difference in the world?! Well you can be a Scoop 2 Superhero every day! Here at Scoop 2 we wanted to call out for super heroes both young and old and teach YOU how to be a superhero so lets dive in, or should we say fly in!

If you Google how to be a superhero THIS is the number one search result. Tip #2 is: know that being a superhero is a mentality and we couldn’t agree more, while we all know that superheros goal is to do good for others, why not do good for our earth?

Be a Scoop 2 Superhero

How can you be a scoop 2 superhero? By picking up at least 2 pieces of pet waste or litter on your daily walk. You can do this on the way to school, on the way to work, a walk with family or friends – who you can encourage to do the same as you!

Part of being a superhero is listening for the call and answering the call… the earth is calling to us when we see trash on the ground. If you are out walking your dog and notice your walking trails have poo-lution, be sure to pick up not only your dogs waste, but any other poop you find on the ground.

Why should I pick up other peoples trash and dog poop?

Try not to think of it as picking up after other people, but rather picking up FOR our earth. Trash and pet waste is the earths nemesis and we need to do everything we can to save our earth! Take the time to properly dispose of pet waste, and sort your recycling. This can vary depending on where you live so be sure to look up how to properly dispose of pet waste or the various litter you scoop.

Wondering what else you can do?

Join the poovement and sign the Scoop 2 pledge, encourage others in your community or around the world to start making a difference… small actions create big change! If you are online follow us @Scoop2Poovement and use our hashtags on your clean ups: #Scoop2 #Scoop2Challenge #JoinThePoovement

Superhero to the Rescue?

May 20th is National Rescue Dog Day – YOU could be even more of a superhero to a pet of your own. Adopt, don’t shop! If you already have a rescue pup, be sure to have them microchipped to ensure if they ever get lost, they will be returned back home. As a pet owner it is our responsibility to look after our pets, including their waste! That is why we encourage pet owners to Scoop 2 – if you see it, scoop it! You’re already out scooping up your own pets waste, you may as well scoop whatever else you see to ensure our watershed is clean and protect local wildlife from problematic parasites and bacteria that our own dogs waste carries.

So dear scoop 2-er you have officially been recruited as a Scoop 2 superhero! It’s time to get scooping, your earth will thank you for it. Want to learn more about Scoop 2? Visit our FAQ or our Home page for more information. Don’t forget to sign pledge! We hope to see you out scooping for your community!

Earth Day in The Blue Mountains with Scoop 2

Earth Day in The Blue Mountains with Scoop 2. The Blue Mountain local community Clean ups, Household tips, eco-swaps and more!

April 22 is Earth Day, so the Scoop 2 team wanted to write a blog post about Earth Day in The Blue Mountains with scoop 2! We are sharing local community clean ups for earth day in The Blue Mountains, providing some household tips, and then moving into what you can do in your daily life to help our planet. So keep reading friends!

Earth Day in The Blue Mountains:

For Earth Day in The Blue Mountains we have several awesome local clean ups you can participate in! To kick off a wonderful clean up weekend Georgian Bay Forever is hosting a shoreline cleanup at Little River Park on Friday, April 21, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. On Saturday April 22 at 10am there is the Clarksburg Village Annual Spring Clean-up. For this event gloves & garbage bags will be supplied, and those who are interested should meet at the Lions Park Pavilion. There is another clean up on Earth Day Saturday April 22 from 2pm-4pm this community clean up will meet at The Bue Mountain Town Hall. If you are located elsewhere in Canada, be sure to check out the Pitch-in Canada website to find local clean ups near you!

Clean-up Collection:

There will be Pitch-In branded waste collection bags available for free at The Blue Mountain Town Hall and at the landfill and recycling depot, so grab then while supplies last. Once these bags are filled the waste collection bags can be placed curbside on your normal collection day. These bags will be collected free of charge, with no garbage tags necessary! Although lots of waste will be collected, be sure to separate the garbage waste from recycling that you collect on your clean up. There is also an Ontario Public Litter Clean-Up Guide you can download for more info.

Earth Day: Household Tips

What we can do for the earth when it comes to our household? There are so many things we can do, starting with when we wake up… limiting our water consumption and being mindful of how much water we are using when we get ready in the morning. Using products that are good for the environment: if you are local try shopping at the Daisy Market in Clarksburg or the Keep Refinery in Meaford for some refills of your everyday products to limit your plastic consumption and for some awesome eco-swaps. When it comes to the meals we eat, ensuring we don’t let food go to waste – so being crafty with our leftovers (Try watching Best Leftovers Ever! on Netflix to get inspired). Within our home there are so many switches we can make that will impact our earth for the better… we can all switch to LED lighting in fact, Local REALTOR®, Trish Duncan of Builds by the Bay Real Estate (if you’re looking to make the move up here we highly recommend her services!) came out with an AMAZING blog with Environmental Home Swaps that Increase your Home Value and are great for the environment! I could dedicate an entire blog post to swaps to make, but don’t go tossing your products to buy something eco-friendly… start by using what you have and practicing mindful shopping and purchasing with the environment in mind.

Your Daily Walk: Scoop 2!

Finally, at some point during your day you likely head out on a daily walk, so why not make everyday earth day and scoop 2! It is our mission to inspire you, to build a community of like-minded individuals & pet owners who want to make a difference every day. Our goal is to get more people to scoop 2 pieces of pet waste and litter on their walk to protect our watershed. Why is this so important? Dog poop left on the ground can be washed into storm sewers that lead directly into our streams and wetlands. The poop contains harmful bacteria which can affect our groundwater, the health of aquatic wildlife, ourselves, and our children. Same goes for litter, this ends up in our watershed affecting aquatic creatures and wildlife. So lets make every day earth day and pledge to scoop 2 on our daily walks!

We hope this blog was helpful if you are looking for ways to Celebrate Earth Day in The Blue Mountains and how to make changes within your household. If you want to learn more about Scoop 2 visit our Frequently Asked Questions! You can build on your education by visiting the Scoop 2 Blog! Each month we share thoughtful commentary, helpful advice, cool pet-products or inspiration to get you out scooping 2. And if you are someone who is looking to make a difference in your community be sure to join the poovement and sign the scoop 2 pledge! You can also follow us on your favourite social media platforms (@scoop2poovement), share your before/after clean ups and get inspired with us.

Scoop 2 for World Water Day: Why We Need to Protect Our Watershed

Today, March 22, is World Water Day! For World Water day we wanted to share why we need to protect our watershed. Water is so important, it’s what makes earth unique and we take advantage of it. We are made up of approximately 60% water, we need water to live, to clean, to grow food… so why aren’t some people taking the daily action of cleaning up their pet waste? We are allowing our water to become poo-lluted 💩 and that’s just wrong, so we are here taking action, educating and hoping you will be inspired to do the same!

Why Scoop the poop?

Here at scoop 2 we share about the importance of picking up 2 pieces of pet waste or litter on your daily walks. If you see it, scoop it! It doesn’t matter if its your pets or not, the point is we want to remove waste from our environment, from our community, keep it out of our watershed and off our shoes! We all have a responsibility for our earth, pet owner or not. If you have a pet, you are more likely to have pet waste bags on you – and spring has sprung. ‘Tis the season for spring clean ups, with the snow defrosting. We are finding more trash and pet waste that once was hidden by the white fluffy snow, no longer looking pristine as it melts, taking the trash, cigarette butts, and pet waste with it into our storm drain systems. From the drain systems these connect to rivers and lakes without treatment, so what can we do? We Scoop 2!

why scoop the poop the truth about dog waste scoop2

Storm Sewers & Drains lead to… waterways and wildlife. Protect our watershed!

Out of sight out of mind? For World Water Day: we are sharing why we need to protect our watershed… Perhaps since you are seeing the waste being washed away into the drains you are expecting our water systems to take over – in fact once in the storm drains they travel through pipes into other local waterways and in some cases into wastewater treatment plants. We think our systems to be better than they are, when in reality: It simply becomes contaminated water. This contaminated water also therefore affects wildlife, aquatic wildlife, plants and makes swimming areas unsafe for use. Even the city of Toronto states “Storm sewers carry stormwater (rain and melted snow) directly to nearby waterways” I know some people who think it goes directly to a treatment plant, and it certainly depends on the drain, but likely it does not. Have you ever been to the beach in the summer with a sign stating no swimming? That is part of the reason why!

Scoop 2 for World Water Day: Why We Need to Protect Our Watershed: Pick up pet waste to reduce the bacteria in our water - credit to whomever this image  belongs

Dog Poop Contaminating our Watershed

“It’s fertilizer” we often wrongly hear (Check out our Pet Waste FAQ), or “what difference would it make?” a BIG difference! Not only in the cleanliness of our walking trails and parks, but also pet waste impacts our watershed. In fact, we’ve seen proof of this recently with the issue of Calgary off-leash dog parks contaminated with dog faeces. You can read the recent Global News dog faces, causing health problems study here – if this doesn’t inspire you, we are about to drop some facts that will!

dog poop contaminating our watershed causing health problems study in Calgary off leash dog park

The article shares that Dogged researchers from the University of Calgary found that 127 grams of dog poop, per hectare, per week, is left behind in Calgary parks. Also sharing “We noticed that the amount of fecal matter in areas that where the owners are allowed to walk the dogs off leash was huge. This is not good. It’s not good for the dogs that go off leash. It’s not good for the owners,”  Alessandro Massolo said. Off-leash locations are a luxury, and some pet owners are taking advantage of this. Areas are becoming too contaminated, and we’re not just talking about the “ew I stepped in dog poop” it is also leeching into our water supply. Rain water washing fecal mater into our streams and rivers, and as mentioned even if they go into the drains – they may not end up at a treatment centre but directly back into our environment!

How to help the poo-llution? Join the Poovement!

Another article shared by the City of Mississauga stated “Since January 2021, the City has received 1,188 waste-related complaints through 311.” And these are just the logged complaints. So many people walk by without considering helping, but we have a pledge, join the poovement and take small actions daily to create big changes!

We are taking action, Scoop 2 wants to inspire you to start scooping (at least) 2 pieces of pet waste and litter on your daily walk. If you see it, scoop it! Since spring is coming we suggest you look into nearby community clean ups to help take action, even for just one day. Scoop 2 is one of many awesome organizations trying to take a stand on the issue of pet waste and litter in our environment. We’d also love to shout out: One Piece a Day, Canines for Clean Water, Litter Lotto, and many others out there that you can connect with as well for inspiration to clean our communities. Sign the scoop 2 pledge and join us in the poovement today!

Family Day Activities: Scoop 2

scoop 2 blog: family day activities: scoop 2!

Monday, February 20th, 2023 is Family Day. It’s also Love Your Pet Day! If you have family or fur-family be sure to get outside for a nice walk today. Looking for Family Day Activities: Scoop 2!

So, you’re looking for family day activities, you’ve come to the right spot! We’re here to convince you and your family to scoop 2 on this wonderful day.

What is Scoop 2?

Scoop 2 is committed to not only picking up our own pets’ poop but any other pet waste left behind that we come across. In addition, if we do not see any left behind waste we will “scoop” at least one piece of litter from our route and either recycle it or dispose of it properly. Hence “Scoop2”! Let us make our world a better, cleaner place 2 scoops at a time… you can always scoop more than 2.

Why scoop 2 on family day?

Why not! Make it a fun activity with the family to see who can collect more waste on their walk. It’s a great bonding exercise or competition for all ages! You and your family can look at the amount of waste you have cleaned up from your nearby green space, neighbourhood or local community and feel proud of yourselves for making a difference.

Learn more about Why we scoop 2?

Why scoop the poop? The truth about dog waste as an environmental pollutant.

Check out our FAQ section if you have more questions!

Another fun activity to do as a family? Join the poovement & Sign the scoop 2 pledge you receive a certificate you can sign and frame, put on your fridge, snap a selfie and send to us, whatever you want! Signing the pledge and joining the poovement is a great addition to your family’s daily walk or personal goals to scoop 2 pieces of litter or pet waste! Your family could make a difference in our environment and within your community.

How to Train Your Pet to Pick Up Litter

To kick off the New Year we wanted to celebrate! 🎉 There is so much to celebrate, with January being National Walk your Pet Month and Train your Dog Month! While we are not professional pet trainers we wanted to share some other top trainer tips and tricks. So when you’re out walking your pet… why not train your pet to pick up litter so they can scoop 2 with you? Sounds like a great idea to us!

Check out this awesome video on how to train your pet to pick up litter so you can scoop 2 together:

With common commands here is how you can train your pet to pick up litter:

1st – train your pet how to retrieve 

2nd – train your pet to “drop it”

3rd – train your pet to target certain items

4th – leave it command 

Now this may sound simple, but as someone who owned a very stubborn Jack Russel terrier, he never would “drop it” so we didn’t get too far on this list. We hope your pet is less stubborn 😉 So 1, 2, 3 are all crucial, but 4 is also very important because the time may come that your pet goes to collect trash that may harm them and we certainly do not want that. So making sure you teach the “leave it” command should also be added to your list of training. 

It is so cool to watch pets in scoop 2+ action! Check out these furry friends:

Tweets of Dogs shares this smart pup and how his owner trained their pet to pick up litter as they collected litter themselves!

While we do believe you SHOULD leash your cat for safety & many other reasons (check out our last blog HERE) this cat collects 33 Gallons of trash every year! WOW 🐱

While your pet is scooping alongside you, to keep you safe we wanted to share one of our favourite companies’ scooper products!

Doo-doo baggy club has two styles of scoopers:

Scoop 2 recommends Doo Doo Baggie Club to help pick up after your pet and scoop 2!

If you do train your furry friend how to scoop, we’d love for you to share a video or photo with us! You can do so by sending to us via our contact us form (You can submit pictures or videos), by tagging us on your social media post (you can find us on all social media platforms @scoop2poovement, or by sending to our email directly: [email protected]. Happy scooping! 


Scoop2 eliminating dog waste in our environment 2 scoops at a time

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Why You SHOULD Leash Your Cat

Why you should leash your cat: scoop 2 blog post!

Why you SHOULD leash your cat!

There are two sides to every coin. To leash vs. Not leash. There are definitely people who leash their dogs and people who don’t… but please do! Then there are cat owners who leash and walk their cats and owners who let them free… oh and I guess indoor house cats where they look out their windows all day long. TODAY we want to discuss the importance of leashing your kitty-cat, so here are 5 reasons why you SHOULD leash your cat!

  1. For number one we should start with a number 1 FACT… Cats are the #1 Bird killer according to Richard Elliot, Director of Wildlife Research for Environment Canada. In fact SIOBHAN MCCLELLAND from Canadian Geographic shares “feral and domestic cats are the biggest killers of birds, claiming 196 million lives every year.” (Read his post here). This is a big problem for our environment and wildlife. Ben Spurr from The Star shares that in Toronto, “a city committee has backed a plan that would prohibit cat owners from allowing their pets to roam free outdoors” (Read the full article here) and “90 other Canadian municipalities already have anti-roaming bylaws” (Shelly Carroll).
  1. Cats produce pet waste which is just as harmful to our watershed as dog waste! People may not realize that pet waste is a big issue. That is why Scoop 2 is here to educate YOU and build a community of like-minded people who are responsible for our pets, and the environment. 
  1. Leash training your cat is a great bonding exercise between you and your furry friend! It provides mental stimulation for them through learning a new skill. 
  1. Your home will be cleaner – when you leash and walk your cat you will know exactly where they are, and with that… where they’ve been! No tracing rodent guts from the side of the road inside. See them prance through the mud? Clean their paws as you would a dog! They won’t pick up diseases from eating random things they find, and therefore your vet bills will be lower! Win-Win!
  1. Leashing your cat ultimately protects your pet! After all isn’t that all that really matters? Your cat won’t get into fights with other rodents, cats or dogs etc. We want the best for our pets and that means protecting them and taking care of them properly. People will often opt for a cat over a dog because it requires “less work” as friends and family have told me… When in fact this isn’t true! Being a responsible pet owner is pretty basic – you need to feed, exercise and keep clean/clean up after your pet. I know people who buy a cat and just leave them in the house, their cats are CRAZY! It’s no wonder “fluffy” is tearing apart your couch. I also know people who have let their cats free roam the streets, which has unfortunately resulted poorly… If you don’t leash them they may end up missing or worse…so PLEASE leash your cat! 

December is National Cat Lovers month and because of this we wanted to share another perspective on how you can show extra love to your cat and be a responsible pet owner by leashing your furry friend. We hope you found this article helpful and informative.

Looking for some products to help you pick up after your pet? Check out Doo Doo Baggie Club they have scoopers, baggies, and more!

Scoop 2 recommends Doo Doo Baggie Club to help pick up after your pet!

Take A Hike in November: The Blue Mountains

Scoop 2 Blog, Take a Hike in November: The Blue Mountains

November is filled with many fun National holidays, one of them being November 17 “Take a Hike Day”. Since we live in the beautiful Blue Mountains we wanted to share some beautiful local hikes that you and your furry friend can enjoy on Take a Hike Day!

The Georgian Trail

The Blue Mountains and Thornbury has many beautiful locations to take a hike in November. One of my favourites is the Georgian Trail. Take a hike in November on the Georgian trail and you will catch the beautiful fall colours lining your path. The Georgian Trail runs ~34KM from Meaford, Ontario through The Blue Mountains, to Collingwood, Ontario. There is a bike repair station by the Bridge of Kindness located in Thornbury, along with pet waste bags and garbage cans along the trail so you can Scoop 2!

The Georgian Trail The Bridge of Kindness in Thornbury. Sign states Dogs must be leashed, please pick up after your pet (scoop 2 of course) and there are pet waste bags in the image near the bridge.

The Beaver River Trail

The Beaver River trail is another spectacular trail to take a hike in November. It can be found in Thornbury. Start by the Police station, hike through the beautiful neighbourhoods, and runs along the Beaver River, by the Georgian Bay where you can watch a beautiful sunset at the harbour with your pet. Hike through the beautifully treed path, catch the different trees (with signage) along the way, while your pet can enjoy all the different scents. Of course you can find pet waste disposal along your route, so be sure to Scoop 2 pieces of pet waste/litter box (if you can find extra – it is typically very clean).

Beaver River Trail by Police Station. Dogs must be leashed please pick up after your pet (scoop 2)
Beaver River Trail by Police Station
Beaver River Trail by Bayview Park
Beaver River Trail by Bayview Park

Bayview Park

Finally I’d like to share Bayview Park, a central hub that you can link up to the Georgian trail, or walk a bit and you can find the Beaver River Trail. If you are looking to soak in the beautiful calming blue waters of the Georgian Bay, I highly suggest taking a stroll through Bayview Park. You will find pet waste bags and trash cans nearby for you to Scoop 2 and keep our community clean. If you have kids, this is a great spot for them to play on the playground – with a slide and swings, large green space and picnic table, Bayview Park is a great location to take a hike with the whole family to enjoy!

Views of Bayview Park in Thornbury, perfect place to take a hike in The Blue Mountains
Bayview Park water views and sign that says Dogs must be leashed, stoop and scoop (we encourage you to scoop 2)

If you enjoyed this post we’d love to hear which trail you plan on enjoying for take a hike day! Be sure to share with your friends these wonderful Blue Mountain hiking gems, or if you’re a local be sure to share your favourite part of living in the Blue Mountains or your favourite local trail. Our friends over at Builds by the Bay Real Estate share a great blog on Dogs in The Blue Mountains if you are planning on making the move & looking for more information for your pet (plus she’s an amazing REALTOR®). As always, let’s make a difference in our beautiful Blue Mountain community (everywhere) & scoop 2!

National Recycling Day: How to Properly Dispose Pet Waste

Scoop 2 Blog: National Recycling day: how to properly dispose pet wasteToday is November 15, which just so happens to be National Recycling Day. From a young age we are all taught the importance of “reduce, reuse and recycling”! While one day a year isn’t quite enough, to celebrate the day – we need everyone to properly recycle and dispose of their trash and pet waste so we can enjoy our earth for as long as humanly possible. So in this blog post, we wanted to provide you with some tips for properly disposing of pet waste & systems that you can implement in your own home!

Why Scoop the poop?

Pet waste, whether you own a dog or cat, their poop can be harmful to our watershed. It contains lots of bacteria which can spread and bring diseases and illnesses to other animals, humans and affects our drinking water. You can visit our FAQ as we answer this one in more-depth, with infographics!

What’s the Scoop on Poop-Bags?

We love our pets, and as responsible pet owners we have a dooty to take care of our pet’s waste… it is admittedly the least glamorous part of owning a pet, but EVERYONE POOPS! It is time some of us learn how to properly dispose of pet waste. If you follow our social media we have some helpful graphics on what poop bags are the best, but we will also share it here:

How to properly dispose pet waste: What's the scoop with poop bags? compostable vs. biodegradable vs plastic bags. Compostable are the best option!

Plastic bags:

Here at Scoop 2 we urge you to think twice about using plastic bags, while the cheaper option, we are paying for it in the long run as these take over 500 years to degrade in landfill, if at all. Hundreds of thousands of marine animals are killed yearly by plastic bags so lets try and stay away from this option!

Biodegradable bags:

When we hear the word “biodegradable” we think we are doing good for our planet, when in fact the term “biodegradable” is just a marketing word – there is no legal definition or legitimate standard for biodegradable. These bags take 3 or more years to decompose.

DooDoo Baggie Club has a pet-waste bags that dispose in 1 year if you are interested in a reliable “biodegradable” product!

Compostable bags:

Compostable pet waste bags are considered bioplastics which look and feel like plastic but are made from renewable resources such as plant starch and designed to breakdown with the help of microbial activity within 3 months – now that’s a great option!

How to Properly Dispose your Pets Waste?

As previously mentioned you can use poop bags, these are the go-to method when you are on the go to dispose of your pet’s waste. As a responsible pet owner you must stoop & scoop, and as a scoop 2 member – we always try and scoop at least 2 pet wastes we find on our daily walks, if you don’t see any other pet waste then we always try and scoop litter. This helps our community and our watershed! To properly dispose of your pets waste really depends on your location! While in bigger cities like Toronto, you can dispose of your pet’s waste in a compost bin, in others you are required to toss it in the garbage. If your town doesn’t have any specific systems or mention it on its website I would also like to encourage you to reach out to your town and plead for some proper solutions.

How to Properly Dispose Pet Waste on the Go?

When you walk your furry friend, is typically the time they do their doo. So how can we ensure as responsible pet owners that we are properly disposing our pet waste while walking? If you live in the city of Toronto, there are many pet-waste specific bins located around the city – you can find most locations here. If you don’t live in Toronto, we encourage you to research proper waste disposal locations in your area – there may be Sutera disposal systems (read our previous blog on what Sutera is doing with the poop!)

Toronto accepts pet waste in its compost bins. Check out this quick video the City of Toronto has shared on how to dispose/compost.

Pet Waste Systems to Implement in your Home

Now it is paw-ssible to implement easy-to-use systems in your own home to make disposing of pet waste even easier. Flushing pet waste (again, check with your sewage system or the town on this) can be an easy solution, simply scoop, dispose and flush! As mentioned, you could use compostable pet waste bags to scoop their waste and dispose in the compost bin. While locations like Toronto scrape for plastics and it isn’t required to use compostable bags, lessening our plastic production and use is extremely important as the plastic bags would still end up in our landfill and do not degrade over time.

Easy Pet-Waste Disposal Products to use at Home

Our friends over at Doo Doo Baggie Club are helping everyone do their dooty with the ease of their awesome products – check them out here!

To be fully transparent: when shopping with our links & Doo Doo Baggie Club through our referral, we do earn a small affiliate commission.

We hope this blog posting was helpful, educational and enlightening on how to properly dispose pet waste. As a responsible pet owner we would love for you to join the Scoop 2 community – Join us in the Poovement & start making a difference today! Finally, we would like to once again urge you to take action with your town to find waste disposal solutions that better our planet, like Sutera! Questions? Comments? We’d love to hear from you, so fill in a contact request, or head over to our social media channels and let’s chat!

Pet Poo in The News

scoop 2 blog pet poo in the news

Welcome back to Scoop2 where we have built a community of responsible pet owners and people who care about the environment. Today we wanted to continue with our subject of pet waste, as we are seeing the topic of pet poo in the news coming up more often. Especially with the COVID “boom” of pets, it seems like everyone has a pet, in fact approximately 1/3 of the world population owns at least one dog. Pet poo is a big issue, some would say it’s massif, so we thought we would share some fur-bulous articles from our nearby communities to help educate the Scoop2 community.

The Meaford Independent shared a great article on the subject of pet waste being a growing problem in the Meaford area. Brandon Forder states: “Not only should pet owners understand the health risks associated with dog faces, we all need a gentle reminder from time to time how to be respectful of our environment, our neighbours, and the many tourists and visitors that frequent our beautiful town everyday”. Here at Scoop2 we couldn’t agree more, we love how Forder shares these pet-waste facts: “Pathogens in dog poop can survive up to four years on the ground, even after the waste has been removed and washed away from the rain. These pathogens have the capacity to not only causes disease, they can be easily washed into our precious and vulnerable water systems. Studies show that between twenty and thirty percent of all bacteria in urban watersheds are due to dog faces alone. Even as little as one gram of dog poop can have up to 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, microscopic organisms that can cause serious waterborne disease.”  Thank you to The Meaford Independent, and Brandon Forder for sharing such an informative article with our community and shading light on this important issue. Read the full article here

Another great article from Meaford Independent & Brandon Forder:

The Meaford Independent shares another paw-erful article written by Brandon Forder who says “What I can’t wrap my head around is why certain pet owners go through the hassle of bagging their dog’s waste, but don’t make the small (yet significant) effort of disposing of it properly.” we too are frustrated Forder! We are glad to read that we are not alone when it comes to the frustrations behind seeing pet-waste bagged, but still left behind. While sometimes we know people will leave it behind on a long walk, meaning to collect it at the end and simply forget, does not stop the fact it is still an issue! Responsibly disposing our pets poo is crucial in keeping our environment and watershed clean. Read the full article here

Poop into Power, fur-real!

CTV News in Kitchener shared a great article on one of our favourite subjects: turning poop into power featuring a company we love – SUTERA. SUTERA is an in-ground waste containment system, we will be writing more about the company in future blog posts. The CTV article by Jennifer K. Baker writes “The underground basin, which is cooler and therefore helps control the smell, is emptied every five to six weeks based on usage. Fetterly said the waste is then co-mingled with other organics from across Southern Ontario. Those contents are then converted into green energy. In nearly five years, the dogs of Waterloo have contributed enough poop to power 25 homes for a year.”  We are so happy to hear more of these systems have been implemented around Waterloo and are slowly starting to expand around the Country, in other cities like Mississauga. Read the full CTV article here

Pet Waste in The News

We are seeing the topic of pet waste in the news more often. Especially with the COVID boom of pets, pet waste is becoming an even bigger issue. Well, everyone poops, so how can we harness this waste and turn it into clean energy? We have some cool videos to share if you are interested in learning more:


Poop Patrol - Waterloo ON

Dog Poo to Energy - UK

What about Human Waste?

We hope we have shared some insightful information with you about pet (and human) waste, and that you were able to learn a bit from some of these videos. Scoop2 is proud to contribute to keeping our watershed clean and educate our communities on the importance of picking up after your pet. Sign the pledge today!