A new deal will save both city taxpayers and the environment.
Nanaimo has signed a five-year deal with Enviro-Smart Biodegradable Products for an additional 60 dog waste bag dispensers for a cost of about $100 each. The company provides free dog bags for the duration of the agreement.
In the past, the city spent more than $25,000 a year on the bags.
The new dispensers also hold more bags, which will result in less staff time spent refilling the dispensers.
In return, Enviro-Smart will be able to offer sponsorship opportunities to interested parties such as dog daycare centers and pet supply stores on the dispensers and bags.
It is estimated that there are more than 10,000 dogs in Nanaimo.
Currently there are 35 dog waste bag dispensers throughout the city and in previous year, the parks department purchased 500,000 bags per year.
The contract has a five-year renewable clause upon mutual agreement.