San Francisco library solves digital age puppy poop problem

San Francisco Animal Care & Control has been relying on public contributions and occasional Chronicle donations of old newspapers to line animal cages and catch waste from puppies who don't know how to take their business outside yet. But Thursday, an animal control van parked at the San Francisco Public Library was loaded with two 32-gallon recycling bins full of old newspapers from the library as part of a new program to ensure that the shelter has a consistent stream of paper.

"This most likely will take care of 100 percent of our newspaper needs," said animal care supervisor Eric Zuercher.


What happens when print newspapers quit publishing because of loss of subscribers? Digital papers won't work for that purpose.

That would be appoopriate.

Now, if we could only find a way to recylce old microforms!

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