Ever since the City of Colwood started taping off public trash cans, city staff noticed a new problem start to emerge.
Residents and visitors of the municipality, particularly dog owners, have recently been leaving bags of dog poop on the ground next to the trash cans that were once receptacles of litter.
These public bins have been closed to limit the spread of COVID-19 through common points of contact on public surfaces, explains a statement from Colwood.
In the wake of these closures, the city is urging people to continue to dispose of their waste responsibly by taking the bags home with them.
“It’s never ok to throw your trash on the ground,” said Mayor Rob Martin in the statement.
“If there is no garbage bin available, you need to take litter with you, no matter what the circumstances are.”
The closure of public trash cans is a temporary measure that will likely change once the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic subside.