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Susan Freinkel
April 10, 2014

When I was a kid walking the family dog, I never once thought about picking up her poop. It wasn’t something people did in the 1960s and ’70s — perhaps because the plastic bags that now overflow our kitchen cabinets had yet to be invented. Today, cleaning up after your dog is the urban norm, so much so that as California considers passing the first state ban on plastic bags, one of the loudest concerns comes from pet owners asking: How will we scoop our dogs’ poop?

 

It’s not an idle question. America’s 83 million pet dogs produce some 10.6 million tons of poop every year.

 

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