News Flash


Posted on: July 20, 2022

Notice on Proper Pet Waste Disposal

Pet waste is more than a smelly nuisance. It can make people sick and pollute our local waterways. That’s why we’re asking dog owners to not only pick up after their pets, but to place their pet waste bags in a trash can or pet waste station.

Scooping up pet waste in public areas is important for keeping Southbridge clean and inviting to visitors. But it’s just as important to properly dispose of your pet waste too. When you walk your dog, make sure to carry a plastic bag with you. That way, you can pick up pet waste and dispose of it properly. You can place your pet waste bag in a trash can or in a pet waste station, if one is nearby. Pet waste should never be placed in catch basins, where it will travel directly to our waterways untreated.

Sign of person walking dog on leash, carrying small bag. Captioned  Dog owners who let their dogs freely roam in their yards aren’t off the hook either. Scooping up pet waste from your yard every few days keeps your grass green and our waterways clean.

Why is scooping the poop so important? Pet waste contains large amounts of harmful bacteria and nutrients. If left on the ground, pet waste can kill grass and other plants. Adults and children who come in contact with it can get sick. And when pet waste washes into a storm drain it can end up in our local rivers, lakes, and streams. This can make the water unhealthy for people and wildlife.

Southbridge is stepping up to stop pollutants like pet waste from entering our local waters. It’s participating in the Think Blue Massachusetts campaign. The campaign is a statewide effort to help residents and businesses do their part to reduce polluted runoff and keep our state’s lakes, rivers, and streams clean and healthy.

Cleaning up after your pet is a simple way for you to do your part in keeping our waters clean and safe for everyone to enjoy, not to mention it keeps our town looking beautiful too!

For more tips on how to do your part to keep our waterways clean, visit

This message is provided in compliance with the 2016 NPDES Massachusetts Small MS4 General Permit requirements, specifically Appendix F requirements for Long Island Sound Nitrogen TMDL and Appendix H requirements for discharges to water quality limited waterbodies where bacteria or pathogens is the cause of the impairment.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Home

2022 Street List Books Now Available

Posted on: July 25, 2022

Early Voting Schedule - 2022

Posted on: July 21, 2022
Imagine Social Graphics August18

Imagine 2050

Posted on: May 31, 2022

Dog Licenses Available

Posted on: February 10, 2022