Pooper Trooper, a Mountlake Terrace-based pet waste pick-up service, was selected this week by Seattle Business Magazine as one of Washington’s Top 50 Green Companies for 2013. Winners were named in categories that included building and construction, clean tech, manufacturing, architecture and health care.
Pooper Trooper founders Bill and Nicki Walters attended the Tuesday award ceremony in downtown Seattle. A panel of judges chose the company not only because the act of picking up dog waste is environmentally positive, but also for the company’s commitment to maintain green standards throughout their operations. These include using technology and mapping systems to manage routes in order to minimize travel times, fuel usage, carbon pollution and road damage. The company has also made strides to become a paperless operation with online invoicing, data recapping and payment processing, as well as payroll and tax management.
“What many don’t realize is that dog waste is a significant contributor to wastewater run off pollution, which leads to poisoning of shell fish farms and deterioration of our salmon spawning habitats,” Nicki Walters said in press release. “A recent survey states that Seattle is one of the top cities in the nation with dog ownership at almost 50% of homes. When studies state that only 40 percent of dog owners actually pick up and with 80 percent of dog waste dropped in back yards, there is a lot of picking up to do and Pooper Trooper takes pride in doing it.”
“Although they are primarily a residential poop pick up service, Pooper Trooper also serves many large communities’ pet waste stations and grounds as well as supports local dog events by providing and maintaining pet waste stations and potty boxes, the press release noted.