Waste-Free Spending

A privately held company that provides pet-waste supplies and services to park and recreation districts has launched a public-private partnership program that delivers eco-friendly dog-waste supplies and services to local communities at no cost to municipalities or taxpayers.

The city of Glendale and South Suburban Park and Recreation District--both located in the Denver metro area--will be the first organizations to utilize the full suite of Poo Free Parks’ services, sponsored by PETCO and a Denver-based non-profit organization, The Greenway Foundation. The service includes the installation, supply and upkeep of waste bag dispensers made from 100-percent recyclable aluminum. The dispensers are maintained by crews driving hybrid vehicles, and are filled with 100-percent biodegradable bags, designed to naturally deteriorate within 18 months.

As the program’s initial corporate sponsor, PETCO will help offset the cost of the program for participating organizations.

Poo Free Parks has installed and will maintain a minimum of 100 pet-waste bag dispensers and thousands of biodegradable bags throughout community parks at no cost to taxpayers--resulting in more than $25,000 in supplies and additional maintenance fees, which the communities will receive as part of the service agreement.

“Our long-range plan developed by residents encourages us to find more ways to be green. Without this partnership, we couldn’t afford to switch over to biodegradable bags,” says David Lorenz, executive director for the park district.

In addition to the contract with the city of Glendale and park district, the city and county of Denver has purchased, and is currently using, the eco-friendly dispensers and biodegradable bags. Plans are to expand the program outside of Colorado to other markets across the country.