Scoop a greener poop: The 10 million tons of annual waste created by the 78 million dogs in this country could fill 267,500 18-wheelers. Lined up bumper to bumper, those trucks would stretch for 3,800 miles, according to DoodyCalls, a dog waste removal company. (And while cats generate waste, too, those stats aren’t as readily available.) The more you can do to make waste more eco-friendly, the happier the planet will be.
First, quit using plastic bags, which can take up to 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill, to pick up your dog’s waste. Instead, switch to biodegradable bags that may actually break down in the earth, says Kilmer.