Pets and the environment

Pets and the environment
Dogs at a park
Find out how responsible pet ownership allows you to enjoy the natural environment in Canterbury-Bankstown. Pets Environment canterbury bankstown We all love our pets, we must be mindful of wildlife. Responsible pet ownership allows you to enjoy the presence of native animals in your surroundings as well as your pet.  

Pet pollution

Both cats and dogs have the potential to harm the environment.

Dog poop

We love your furry friends but picking up after them is more than just keeping our parks clean for them to roam around.
Leaving your animal waste behind often means it gets washed away into our creeks and rivers. Having this waste in our waterways can cause toxins like algal blooms to grow and produce nasty bacteria that can cause different illnesses.

It is a requirement under the Companion Animals Act 1998 that all dog faeces be collected and disposed of by the owner in a waste bin. There are special 'Doggy Bins' in many of our parks and reserves for this purpose.

If you’re spotted doing the wrong thing, you can land yourself a fine of up to $880.

Noise pollution

Pets are also a common source of noise pollution in our communities. Dogs particularly often cause the most noise pollution, usually through their consistent barking.

More information

Read more about excessive barking and animal complaints.

The City of Canterbury Bankstown acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, water and skies of Canterbury-Bankstown, the Darug (Darag, Dharug, Daruk, Dharuk) People. We recognise and respect Darug cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge the First Peoples’ continuing importance to our CBCity community.