New York City, New York: The Big Apple has produced some of the best waste removal over the years. It was one of the first places to have organized garbage collection and is home to the future of dumpsters. But now, New York City is dealing with a trash problem that has gone rather unnoticed for many years.

The problem is dogs peeing on garbage bags. You may think this is pretty cut and dry, but in true New York fashion, area residents are completely divided on the issue.



Those whose job it is to collect our garbage, are already not in the most ideal of situations. On top of being in New York City, it adds an extra level of difficulty. One of the worst aspects of the job is getting dog urine splashed on you as you pick up trash bags.

The official position of the New York City Sanitation Department is simple: Please Don’t. Unfortunately it is very hard to enforce bans against this nuisance. Garbage collectors have even reported having dogs pee on bags that are currently held by them.

“How would you like it if I came to your office and peed on your desk?” said a sanitation worker named Tim from Brooklyn. “It’s the same thing.”



Many pet lovers do not find any problem letting their dogs pee on trash bags. To take it even further, New Yorkers seem unapologetic and think it is just part of the sanitation worker’s job.

“Why not? It’s garbage,” says David Velasquez, 28, a NYC dog walker “I’m all right with it.”

Some are also under the illusion that peeing on trash bags is beneficial to the garbage collection. They believe the urine will keep the rats away, but there is very little scientific evidence that supports this claim.

It is likely this issue will continue to happen, especially since New Yorkers believe there is nothing anyone can do about it. Well that might actually change.


New York City officials plan to take advantage of Section 161.03 of the city’s health code. This states that pets cannot be allowed to “commit a nuisance on a sidewalk of any public place.” In this section, urine is clearly outlined as one of the nuisances.

The situation may have to be pretty extreme in order to charge someone with the crime. Although New York City wants residents to realize its wrong and they can be punished. At the very least, it is very unsanitary for all parties involved.


When dogs are strolling down the street, they are attracted to the garbage bags for many reasons. Primarily because of the food that is often contained within the trash bags. Then as any dog must do, it will mark its spot.

At the end of the day, dog owners must understand that letting their dogs urinate on trash bags is negatively affecting those who are throwing away their garbage.

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