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  • I guess the cost is based on weight. Much like the Harris Teeter salad bar.

  • I don’t DC has ever enforced this law. Poop, poop, everywhere, everywhere I walk.

  • andy

    I appreciate that DC would show you the low end of the fine spectrum as well. It allows me to better weigh my options.

  • For a second, I thought you were talking about the dog’s range . . .

  • I love this official government reminder! Do you know where this photo was taken?

  • Now if we could only get cops to enforce the pooping and leash laws……please?

  • Hopefully for version 2.0 they will highlight that people should not be putting fecal matter in private trash cans. I don’t want to clean up after your dog, and whether you leave it on the sidewalk in front of my house or in my trash can, your disrespectful laziness becomes my problem.
    Is this actually a DC sign, or the work of a private citizen?

    • I’ll confess to putting a poop-filled bag (tied off) into a private trash bin when a public bin was nowhere near me. I didn’t realize it was a problem! I just figured that it wouldn’t bother the owner since the garbage men are going to dump the whole can anyway. Sorry if it created a problem for you!

      • Oh MMMkay you are in trouble now. Soon they will come for you IN ALL CAPS 🙂

      • No all caps rant here, but maybe a calm explanation will help and you’ll see why it’s a problem. DPW collectors rarely dump the entire can — usually they just reach in and grab the big bags. So people’s dog waste bags either 1) find their way to the bottom of the trash can, where they sit until retrieved and re-bagged by the can’s owner (or caretaker, if you want to cling to the whole “the can is DC property” argument) or 2) get flung onto the sidewalk while the collectors are pulling out the bigger bags. It seems like a petty complaint, but a few times during the summer I’ve had to hose out my garbage can when I’ve inadvertently put a heavy bag of trash on top of someone’s bag of dog waste and it split. Not fun. And even when that hasn’t happened I’ve still had to reach into my trash can dozens of times to fish out those little baggies.
        Now, I love dogs but I figure that if I don’t get the joy of owning one I probably shouldn’t have to deal with the burdens either.

        • Just realized I should add a qualifier. My DPW experience is true for my block, but I have no idea what happens elsewhere, especially in places with those really big trash cans and once-a-week collections. And if DPW did a more thorough job with the trash, I wouldn’t particularly care if people walking by put their dogs’ waste bags in my garbage can. It’s not like I feel particularly territorial about my trash. But DPW doesn’t do a very good job and that’s unlikely to change, so I’m stuck dealing with it. So all I ask is for some consideration from those who actually own the dogs.

          • I love** it when people leave those little blue bags on the side of the trail. In the middle of Rock Creek Park.

            WTF is wrong with people? Let’s take a completely biodegradable material in the middle of the woods, wrap it in plastic, and leave it there for someone else to pick up.

            **By “love” I mean I’d love to make them eat it.

          • Anonymous CH, I do that and many others do. Most simply pick it up on the way back so we don’t have to run/walk with a bag of turds for a couple miles. Sorry it bothers you so much.

          • Anon 3:33 — I see your point, but the problem is that other people don’t necessarily know you’re coming back for the bag.
            If this is something you do a lot, maybe should staple to the bag little pieces of paper with “DON’T WORRY; I’M COMING BACK FOR THIS!” on them.

          • Most people conscientious enough to bag the pooh will return for it.

            PS That might be the oddest sentence I have ever written.

      • Where I live, the garbage men don’t dump the whole can — they just lift out the bags. Anything that’s not in a bag (and sometimes tiny bags, if they’re at the very bottom) just gets left behind. So yep, this can definitely be a problem.

      • After you put your bag of dog **** in a garbage can, that bag can rupture or leak, and often does, especially when other items are placed in the garbage can. Then, said **** gets smeared all over the bottom of the garbage can. At that point, it is a pretty serious mess, and without a garden house, there is only one way to remove it – scrubbing by hand.

      • I used to toss my poop bags in trash cans NOT on private property. As a dog owner but never a homeowner, this is a lesson I learned on Popville that I don’t think you can hold against someone who hasn’t dealt with the consequences of burst poop bags.
        I think the suggestion for 2.0 is a good one, though people might not read it.

    • Better in a garbage can than on a shoe, imho. BTW, city-provided garbage cans aren’t private property.

      808.3 Supercans issued without charge to eligible dwelling units shall remain the property of the
      District and shall be returned to the District at the time the dwelling unit is vacant.

      • Those are the only 2 options you could think of? Must be nice to live in such a binary world where you only have to choose the less-worse of two things and disregard every other option no matter how reasonable or preferable they may be. And ownership of the cans is irrelevant to this discussion. If the city isn’t cleaning up the mess left behind as described by several people above, you’re still causing a problem for someone else.

      • Besides, TJ, you might have missed 700.4 (same chapter — 21 — as you so diligently cited before): “No person shall deposit, throw or place or cause to be deposited, thrown or placed any solid waste in any alley, street, catch basin, or other public space, or into the Potomac River or other waters in the District, or onto any premise *under the control of others*” [emphasis added]. So not only is ownership itself irrelevant to the discussion, it’s irrelevant to the very concept of littering. Control is what’s important as far as littering goes.
        There are people who leave their garbage cans on the sidewalk all the time (which is wrong and one could argue makes the can fair game for you dog owners), but there are many of us who keep our garbage cans on our property but still within reach of passersby. In those circumstances the dog owners are most definitely littering.

        • : pretend to be objective and use select rules as an argument, for personal benefit at the expense of others and the system. The DC Way!!!

  • I bet the ferret put this up!

    Watch out though, there’s the creepy dog poop stalker in NE that will follow you around take photos of you if you miss one dog poop.

    • So what I’m hearing here is that you don’t pick up after your dog. If you don’t pick up your poop ‘one time’, you probably never do unless you know someone is watching and there are consequences.

      • No I mean that one time your dog has the shits, you run out of bags when you had 4 on you, you start heading home to get another bag and some freak stalks you all the way home.

        If you’re stalking you have serious issues and it’s gone beyond poop now.

  • There’s one in the 5000 block of 9th St. And there is one near the green space in the 4900 block of Illinois Ave NW

  • Fee range probably addresses repeat offenders. I bet the amount goes up the more times any single offender gets fined.

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