Pet owners are told to flush their animal’s poop down the toilet instead of putting it in the trash
- Victorian council urges pet owners to flush their pet’s waste down the toilet
- Hobsons Bay City Council said the move was to prevent waste in the trash system
- Pet owners were told that the sewer system was a better option than the garbage cans
A city council has urged residents to stop throwing away their pet’s trash and flush it down the toilet instead.
The Hobsons City Council, in the west of Melboourne, told the residents that dog and cat poo should no longer be put in garbage bins.
The council hopes that the relocation will stop throwing away the waste in garden containers.
Hobsons Bay City Council, in western Melbourne, has urged residents to flush their pet’s waste down the toilet (stock image)
On the municipality’s Facebook page, they informed people that it was safe to flush their pet’s waste down the toilet as long as it was alone or wrapped in toilet paper.
“The Melbourne sewage treatment plants are designed to remove high concentrations of pathogens present in human wastewater,” the statement said.
“And these treatment barriers are also effective against the microorganisms in animal faeces.”
The statement also clarified what pet owners should do if they chose to flush their pet’s waste instead of throwing it away.
“Just like with human waste, nothing else than the actual waste and toilet paper should be washed away,” the statement continued.
‘Non-animal waste such as wipes, plastic bags,’ biodegradable ‘plastic bags or cat litter cannot enter the toilet.
If pet owners were to flush with no biodegradable items such as a plastic bag with the waste, sewer pipes are likely to become clogged.
Cat litter is also listed as an item that should be thrown away and not flushed down the toilet.
The council said that the Melbourne wastewater treatment plants are designed to remove high concentrations of pathogens, but the disposal of the waste in an ordinary waste bin prevented this (stock image)