The City of Titusville, Florida / Water Resources / Administration & Conservation / Water Conservation / Bag It! Trash It! Dog Waste ProgramBag It! Trash It! ProgramAre you a Titusville dog owner? If you are, you are not alone. Nationally, it is estimated that 36 to 46 percent of all households have at least one dog. Following the national trend, that means we have over 100,000 dogs in Brevard county, with over 8,700 dogs residing in Titusville households.
Dogs produce about one pound of waste each day. Dog waste, just like human waste, contains numerous bacteria and viruses including fecal coliform bacteria. Leaving dog waste on the ground is bad for your health, your dog's health, and the health of the environment, especially local waterways.
How does dog waste get into the waterway? Dog waste gets into waterways through stormwater runoff. In some cases, rain or an uniformed homeowner washes the waste into the curb and then into a stormdrain located along the street. Some pet owners, unfortunately, actually dispose of pet waste by putting it into stormdrains or dumping it in waterways. Titusville’s stormdrains eventually lead to either the Indian River Lagoon or the St. Johns River.
The Bag It! Trash It! Program was created by the Conservation Program to increase education about the need to pick up dog waste and to change Titusville pet-owner behavior. The program focuses on encouraging Titusville pet owners to pick up after their pet through the distribution of educational materials and tools to assist owners in disposing of the waste properly. The program includes the distribution of waste disposal bags. The dispensers are designed for convenient use whenever a dog is on a leash and includes a velcro tie that allows the dispenser to be attached to a leash handle or belt loop.
In 2010, the Bag It! Trash It! Program was broadened to include dog waste stations at Sandpoint Park (the only city park that allows dogs). The initial four waste stations are estimated to have reduced the amount of dog waste left on the ground in the park by 80 percent. Two additional stations were added to the park in 2011, along with 4 dog waste stations at the Max Brewer bridge. In 2013, two stations were added at the Titusville Marina. In 2014 a waste station was installed by a stormwater pond on Knox McRae Drive. Future stations are scheduled to be installed by stormwater ponds in areas frequented by dog walkers.
Over 4,500 dispensers have been distributed under the Bag It! Trash It! Program (many of which were distributed to our local animal shelter, SPCA, and veterinary hospitals). This program, managed and design through the Water Resources Conservation Program is an integral part of our efforts to help protect the water quality in our local waterways.