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Company Pushes for 'Poo Free Parks' in New Castle

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – A private company in Colorado has proposed to supply, install and maintain 100 percent biodegradable pet stations in every park throughout New Castle at no cost to the town.

The company, Poo Free Parks, would provide recyclable aluminum dispensers with biodegradable gloves and plastic bags in exchange for free advertisement. According to recreation and parks superintendent Robert Snyder, the town currently spends $2,000 per year on the dog waste bags it currently provides in its parks.

“I realize that this is a new concept (advertising in parks) and requires some thought, but we have been charged with trying to find ways to save the taxpayers’ money while providing the same level of services and this concept addresses that goal,” wrote Snyder in a letter to Town Administrator Penny Paderewski.

Town attorney Clinton Smith said New York State law allows for New Castle to allow Poo Free Parks to supply the pet stations in exchange for advertising, which will be a 12” x 18” sign affixed to each station. The town will review and approve every advertisement before it is posted.

“Our services are focused on maintaining New Castle’s beautiful parks while promoting the environmental responsibility of the town by supplying, installing and maintaining 100 percent biodegradable pet stations to help park goers to remember to pick up after their pet, at absolutely no cost to them or the town itself,” said Poo Free Parks in a statement.

The company currently has similar stations installed throughout California, Colorado, Illinois and Oregon. The proposal was on New Castle Town Board’s work session agenda on Tuesday night and will likely be put to a vote at an upcoming board meeting.

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