The eggs of certain roundworms and other parasites found in pet poop can linger in your soil, putting your children and pets at risk of exposure while gardening, playing sports or walking barefoot. Pet waste on the ground also contributes to runoff that pollutes waterways. Never put feces or litter in your home compost bin.
Picking up dog poop promptly protects people, pets and waterways from harmful bacteria. Place the waste in a plastic bag (a compostable plastic bag if possible) and discard in the garbage.
Place cat waste and litter in a plastic bag and discard in the trash. Bagging waste protects garbage collectors and sanitation workers from harmful bacteria. Always wash your hands after cleaning the litter box – cat feces can carry toxoplasmosis, a disease that is dangerous for infants, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.