The dog is man’s best friend. No doubt. But it is not so clear that the human being is the most faithful friend of his pet. Nor does it always take into account the responsibility that means owning a dog, nor the obligations that it entails. Among them, that of collect your stools with this kit and deposit them in bins or containers and thus avoid the unpleasant images that cities show too many times. Besides the bad image and the insalubrity that can cause the stools of our pets, the cleaning expense for its collection from streets, parks or urban furniture, it is a important outlay for municipalities. An expense that could be reduced and minimize with the help of all, being responsible when taking our dogs for a walk.
Most citizens are responsible and collect their pets’ feces, but there is still a lot of work to be done to raise awareness to those people who avoid doing it. The lack of civility is a health problem and also an economic one. A medium dog can generate around 12 kilos of waste in a month. And their urine causes significant damage to urban furniture.
The ordinance of Alicante Town Hall contemplate penalties of up to 780 euros to pet owners who abandon their responsibility and do not collect the stools or dilute the urine with water to avoid bad odors. But the threat of sanction does not seem sufficient to eradicate these unsupportive behaviors.
UTE Alicante makes a significant effort, human and material, to control and clean the stools of pets. In addition to the services of manual sweep, the UTE Alicante operation dedicates 6 teams with auxiliary vehicle to the search and cleaning of excrement from the sidewalks, parks and gardens. These operators work from Monday to Saturday. In addition, twice a week we proceed to the cleaning of the 8 areas dedicated to the free recreation of pets that exist in Alicante and that include the neighborhoods of San Gabriel, Ciudad de Asís, Rabasa, Los Ángeles, San Agustín, Tómbola, Requena, Juan XXIII, Pla-Carolinas, Centro and Playas.
To this special operation, we must add the effort of all the UTE Alicante workers who also collect the depositions on their sweeping lap and in their usual work.
UTE Alicante employs daily 18 tanker trucks and 16 hydrocleaner vehicles, with their respective endowments, for the disinfection of our city, carrying out high pressure washers. For these tasks, pressure hoses are used during the day and washing with special trucks is contemplated at night.
The collection data for this type of waste demonstrates the importance of the service and the Magnitude of the problem. UTE Alicante collects between 500 and 1000 bowel movements daily, depending on the area where the work is carried out. Among the six teams assigned to this operation reach the 4,800 droppings in one day alone. Throughout the week, the UTE Alicante team collects 28,800 pet waste, which means that 125,000 stools are cleaned in a month. And these are only computable data for the excreta collection service because it is impossible to count those collected by workers in their regular and daily sweep through our streets and neighborhoods.
The total offers us a overwhelming figure that should raise awareness to the population that keeping our streets clean is everyone’s job and that responsibility when having pets also implies take responsibility for the collection of your excrement.
How many dogs are there in Alicante?
Alicante is located above the average for Spain in the rate of dog registration. The Alicante capital has one dog for every 6.69 inhabitants, according to data from the Valencian Computer Registry of Animal Identification (RIVIA).
In provincial terms, Alicante has a proportion of dogs of 4.79 per inhabitant, which means that it has more dogs than population under 20 years. The pet census grows every year, largely due to the aging of the population.
Awareness, responsibility and solidarity
For this entire population, UTE Alicante periodically promotes information campaigns to make our citizens aware of the need to comply with the ordinance and ending antiviral behaviors of the small group of people who do not understand that Having a pet also involves these types of personal actions for the benefit of the community.
Report for end the lack of solidarity It is one of the objectives of UTE Alicante, as well as to facilitate the task of dog owners so that they can take responsibility for the waste left by their pets.
Walking with your dog can be the most rewarding time of the day, giving him the attention and affection he needs. But what should be our performance in terms of cleaning? The ideal is to always carry plastic bags with which to collect the dog’s droppings and deposit them later in the bins or containers. It is also essential to carry a bottle for transporting water to dilute the urine and avoid bad smells.
The essential recommendations are avoid that our animals relieve themselves in streetlights, sidewalks or buildings, use roads or sewers and clean their stools with soapy water.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.