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Plastic bags are bad for our environment. Hopefully, in the fall election we’ll be able to vote on a proposal to ban the use of plastic bags in grocery stores and other stores. However, as a concerned citizen, I don’t think this legislation goes far enough.

Do you know how many of those blue plastic bags for picking up canine waste are used every day in California? I don’t either; but it’s a lot I’m sure. There are millions of dogs in California and I know for a fact that dogs eliminate waste more than once per day. So, in California alone we must be using several million of those blue plastic dog waste bags … every day.

What’s the solution to the environmental disaster of blue plastic dog waste bag usage? I have put together a three-point alternative solution to using plastic dog waste bags:

1. When walking your dog(s) always carry a cloth reusable bag to pick up your dog’s waste. But please … be sure to launder the reusable dog waste bag on a regular basis. Dog waste is a known carrier of germs.
2. Many people wear pants when walking their dogs and most pants have pockets; especially those cargo pants, which have several large pockets. A pocket is very much like the cloth bag described above. But again, please follow a regular laundry regimen on your pants if this method is used.
3. For those dog owners who do not wish to follow the reusable bag/pocket method, I propose these dog owners must have a canine colostomy bag surgically implanted in the side of their dogs. While these are made of a high-tech plastic-like material, a canine colostomy bag is reusable, is fairly sanitary and would be an impediment to the activities of only the most frolicsome of dogs.

We must protect our fragile environment and our climate for the sake of our children and their children (and their dogs). It is our duty. You might even say it is our doody duty.

GREG HOMER
Placerville

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