How to Use Math to Solve Your Community's Pet Waste Problems
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How to Use Math to Solve Your Community's Pet Waste Problems

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 by Linda Rosado

Using math to solve pet waste problemsIf you've ever been to Disney World, we're willing to bet you threw away all of your trash. You might be wondering, "So what?" Well, you might not have noticed, but you were prompted to properly dispose of your waste by a seemingly simple but highly effective technique.

Observing that his guests would on average walk only about 30 steps before just dropping their trash instead searching for a receptacle, Walt Disney himself devised a simple trick to solve his theme park's trash problem. He placed all of his trashcans no further than 30 paces away from one another. And it worked.

So, what does this have anything to do with managing pet waste? When someone is faced with walking "all the way over there," to grab a bag or throw away waste, they may accidently "forget" to pick up their pup's waste and turn the other way. With a little preparation, you can easily avoid this situation by strategically placing DOGIPOT Pet Stations just as Walt did with his trashcans.

Here are some guidelines to get you started:

  • In an apartment complex, there should be a Pet Station for every 50-80 units
  • In a park, there should be one or two Pet Stations (depending on dog traffic) for every one acre of space (one acre = 43,560sq/ft, or about 209ft x 209ft)
  • Anywhere else in your community, there should be a Pet Station for every 50 dogs that pass by in a day and these stations should be no more than 500ft apart

By using these simple tips and customizing them to your future DOGIPOT location, you’ll be well on your way to watching the doggy doo disappear.

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