Reporting Steve Tawa
By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Old City Philadelphia is stooping to new levels to handle a doggy dilemma: how to handle dog waste. It’s led to the ‘Scoop the Poop’ campaign.
Determined to get dog owners to clean up after their pets, organizers Janet Kalter and Tony Lucente got merchants to hang posters in their shops.
Kalter says they feature an adorable dog and a clever tag line, “The poster is a bulldog with a helmet. At the top, it says, ‘no pile left behind.’”
Under the bulldog, it reads: “Scoop the poop. That means you, soldier.”
And, that led to the design of trash cans hung on street poles, with dispensers.
“And it holds rolls of 200 bags. People can pull down on it and use the bag.”
There are now ten of them scattered around Old City. Kalter says she’s already received requests from eight other neighborhoods for possible expansion.
A Spokesman for the Mayor’s Office of Transportation, Andrew Stober, says the group submitted a rigorous maintenance schedule. Volunteers will handle the dog waste receptacles and bag dispensers.