Problem Solver - August 2012
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Help Keep Your Park Clean

Everyone loves to spend time in the park, whether gathered together for a picnic or on a solitary walk. The scenery can be beautiful and relaxing. But when parks are littered with garbage and pet waste, expectations are shattered and the experience is anything but pleasant. The good news is that you can take steps to encourage your park patrons to help keep the site beautiful.

Q: We'd like to cut back on maintenance. How can we help park visitors take care of their own mess?

A: Be sure to place garbage cans and recycling receptacles where they can be easily accessed. You also should consider adding pet waste stations at your site. These include a receptacle for pet waste in addition to litter pickup bags, which means pet owners who forget to bring their own, or use them all up, can easily clean up after their dogs.

This simple solution simplifies cleanup and removes the burden of pet-waste removal from your staff. Place the containers, pet station or bag dispenser in a highly visible location—such as along a walking trail, at the park's entrances or in an area where people congregate. Instructions on how to use the stations are posted on the bag dispenser, so patrons should have no trouble picking up after their pets.

Q: We also have a mission to green our sites. Is there an eco-friendly solution to pet-waste cleanup?

A: If your park is aiming to go green, you should know that there are oxo-biodegradable litter pick-up bags that can be used with your pet waste stations. The bags are biodegradable and also are made with recycled content. You also can find biodegradable trash bags to line the receptacles, making your entire pet waste disposal system far more eco-friendly.

Q: How else can I encourage pet owners to clean up after themselves?

A: In addition to limiting your use of cyanuric acid in outdoor pools, you should take several other steps. Check the levels on a regular basis, at least once a month. Keep a test kit on hand and educate your staff on how to use it and understand the reading. Be sure to find a high sensitivity kit. (Some do not measure levels below 30 ppm.) Also, never add more cyanuric acid to your pool without checking the current level first.


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