Picking the Right Pet Waste Station
You might be surprised to learn just how many different options you have when choosing a pet waste station for your community. After all, it’s just dog poop, right? Not so fast.
In this article we will explain the differences between different pet waste station products to help you make an informed buying decision that will fit your community’s needs and budget.
To start, pet waste stations have four main components:
Waste Receptacle : Where the waste goes. This part of the dog waste station holds a large plastic liner and the disposed of dog waste.
Post: The backbone of a pet waste station. All parts are secured to the post.
Litterbag dispenser: Holds the unused dog poop bags (or "litter bags"). These bags are what the pet owner will use to pick up after their dog. Most dispensers are made to hold two types of bags: "Header bags" or "Roll style bags."
Sign: A reminder sign encouraging owners to pick up after their dogs.
The following is a list of things to keep in mind when selecting a pet waste station or replacement parts for a pet waste station.
Construction Material – Pet waste receptacles are most commonly made out of lightweight metal or plastic. Over time, lightweight metal containers can rust requiring more frequent replacement than heavier-duty metal models. Plastic receptacles will not rust, but they are not as durable as metal versions. To reduce rust, some models such as the Commander pet waste station have rust proof aluminum liners. Over the long run, plastic or steel receptacles will generally be twice as expensive to own as heavy duty aluminum models due to rusting, cracking, and wear and tear.
Water Tightness - Pet waste stations should always have a tight cover to keep dog waste in and water out. We refer to the mess that is created when water mixes with the contents of a dog waste receptacle as “poop soup.” It is not pleasant. Emptying a station that is filled with “poop soup” is difficult and just plain disgusting.
Many plastic stations have large holes in their sides to pass the waste through. Others have loose fitting lids. Either of these designs will allow water to enter the receptacle. The best stations have a small chute that closes tightly and is just large enough for depositing the waste. This keeps the water out – and the waste in. For this reason, we recommend the Gladiator® waste receptacle. It’s simply the best receptacle on the market. It will keep water, vermin, and insects out and make changing out the liner a much easier and more pleasant task.
Litter Bag Dispensers
There are two common types of Litterbags: "roll style bags" or "mitt style bags." As you may have guessed, roll style bags come on a large roll of bags, just like in produce section of the grocery store. Mitt style bags, on the other hand, come on a card. If you’re trying to save money, the cheapest per-bag solution is bags on a roll. But it’s not that simple!
While mitt litterbags are slightly more expensive than roll bags on a per bag basis, their cost is more than comparable to mitt bags on a usage basis. This is because it is very easy for dog owners to pull out many bags at once when bags are on a roll.
Mitt style bags, though, are pulled out of the dispenser one at a time because each bag is individually secured to the card. In the end—unless users are simply too good to be real—mitt style stations will use fewer bags than roll style ones.
Residents generally prefer mitt style bags because the bag is larger and can be easier to open.
We do not recommend roll bags for areas that may be susceptible to vandalism. It’s just too easy for someone to grab one bag and pull the whole roll behind them as they run across a park!
For these reasons, we recommend purchasing mitt style bags.
Looking for additional help or have additional questions on choosing the best pet waste station for your community? Just give us a call. After all we are the pet waste experts and have provided service to almost every pet waste station on the market! If we don’t have what you are looking for we may even be able to help you come up with another solution.
Simply call us at 1.800.DoodyCalls (366.3922) visit us at www.DoodyCalls.com or send us a message and we will be happy to follow up.
The eHow article “How choose a pet waste station,” provides a step-by-step guide that explains how to select the pet waste station that is right for your community.
The eHow article “How to solve a dog poop problem for your community or HOA,” explains the benefits of installing pet waste stations to help manage pet waste in your community.