City installs plastic bag dispenser to clean up after pets

July 19—The city government wants Brunswick to be a pet-friendly city, but not at the expense of the city’s cleanliness.

Citizens are expected to clean up after themselves, according to city law.

But that doesn’t mean the city won’t offer help and in this case it will be in the form of a plastic bag dispenser for pet owners to clean up after their furry friends.

“It’s a small thing, but it’s a detail to keep things tidy and tidy and clean and to be intentional about how our green spaces are presented,” said City Commissioner Julie Martin. “If we want to hold pet owners accountable, we should provide pet waste bags.”

Tim Nelson, the city’s project manager, said the city’s new bag dispenser is expected to hit the streets in the coming weeks.

A program like this has been discussed on and off for some time, Martin said. In fact, the only reason distributors aren’t already placed is because the project manager is sick.

“We’re just trying to be more intentional about letting our residents and visitors know that we have a pet ordinance,” Martin said. “We want to be a pet-friendly community, and I feel like we are, but we also need to have visitors and responsible citizens who keep things clean.”

In addition to the dispensers, Martin said the city plans to purchase new trash cans for the entire downtown shopping area. With dozens of new residential units set to open soon, she wants the city to ensure downtown is at its best.

This project is very inexpensive for the taxpayers because the distributors are inexpensive. In the future, Martin wants to make them even more by using a simple, handmade dispenser used at other county locations. Rather than paying for plastic bags to stock the dispenser with, Martin said county dispensers — made from PVC pipe available at any hardware store — can be stocked by responsible citizens with plastic bags. plastic groceries by stuffing them into the top of dispensers.

“They’ll get a second use before they end up in the trash. It’s our effort to be eco-friendly,” she said.

Bryce K. Locke