To the residents of New Bedford, I have a confession to make and I hope you'll understand that it's not as distasteful or menacing as it sounds.

When I take my dog Bella out for walks to do her "business," I always clean up her mess and bag it up. However – and yes, I'm well aware this sounds lazy –  I don't like carrying it around, since our walks are around 40 minutes, so the next available trash bin I walk past, I'll toss it away knowing that it's not my bin.

First of all, do you know how much dog waste I pass daily because people are too ignorant to pick up after their pets? If anything, I'm cleaning up the mess and then disposing of it in a place where I know for certain that it's going to be taken care of.

For some reason, I'm almost certain that I'm not the only one who does this, but do other people take advantage of an available trash bin for their dog's waste? If you really think about it, the bins belong to the city or to the trash disposal company.

If anything, I normally take the dog out before the trash bins even get picked up on trash day, so there's no way of even knowing the poop bag was placed in the bin to begin with. Every other day, I'll look for a bin that's clearly full of trash and dispose of the bag.

All I want to know is two things:

  1. Am I in the wrong for throwing out "trash" (as in a tiny bag of dog poop) in someone else's bin?
  2. Is this more common than I think and I'm overthinking it?

I will 100 percent stop if this is offensive to most, but first I'd like to hear your feedback. Take my poll and/or shoot me an email with your opinion or concerns at

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