By Hannah Reale
It’s the 40th anniversary of NYC’s “Pooper Scooper” law, which mandates that New Yorkers pick up after their pups. To honor the glorious occasion, NYC Parks announced in a press release on Thursday that they’ve installed 1,000 canine waste bag dispensers—hopefully helping forgetful New Yorkers who find themselves in a pinch.
“Nothing ruins a nice day in the park like stepping in a pile of poo,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J Silver, FAICP, in the press release. “Be responsible—don’t dump and ditch. With these bags, there’s no excuse for leaving your dog’s business behind.”
The dispensers are spread across all five boroughs, with a higher concentration in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and the “dispenser locations were chosen based on sites where Parks Inspectors regularly found high levels of canine waste.” About 200 dispensers can be found across our borough, but the closest ones are in Riverside Park, Central Park, and Morningside Park, primarily concentrated around the dog runs.
In the release, the department noted that the project cost $86,000 and that the dispensers will be “refilled regularly by NYC Parks employees.”
So happy 40th to an initiative that’s tried to make the Upper West Side’s sidewalks a little bit cleaner! (You know, apart from the garbage bags and rats.)