In what municipal officials call the first project of its kind in Canada, three parks in Waterloo are about to get special receptacles meant only for dog waste.

The bright green receptacles will be installed later this month at Bechtel Dog Park, Lakeshore Optimist Park and St. Moritz Park.

After a one-year pilot project, more containers may be ordered for other parks in the city.

According to the city, dog waste currently makes up as much as 80 per cent of the garbage found in bins and containers in city parks.

Based on that, it is expected that the use of specialized containers could result in thousands of kilograms of dog waste per year being diverted from the landfill to a facility in Elmira where it will be converted into electricity, heat and fertilizer.

Bags placed in the receptacles do not have to be compostable.