I'm sorry but as a person that always looks for the possibilitys or alternatives, I must proceed.
We have taken in my daughter's family dog, a half-pint Yorkie. For the foreseeable future we will be homing her. She did come with all the amenities. One of them being a pooper scooper, consisting of a brand new rake and shovel. I looked at the shovel piece for a month sitting out in the driveway, before I took it in. It had maybe only seen use once or twice. So I gave it a thorough cleaning, removed the giant label inside with WD-40, and again gave it a thorough cleaning. Overkill even though there wasn't anything on it in the first place.
Better to be safe than smelly(sorry).
But this thing was just too nice to be used in this way. Totally made of aluminum down to the rivets. And a futuristic design to boot!
I have too many unfinished projects to think of starting a new one, but this would make an excellent soil sampler for a rover, to collect and carry items, or a robot in its own right.
I didn't live through the great depression, but I had it instilled in me by many family members that did. That way of thinking, if it could possibly have a use, it's worth saving. and this would have just got ruined out in the weather anyway.