Dog Waste Composter

Dog Waste Composter

I don't have a dog, but I constantly see people walking their dog, picking up after them, and then wondering what to do with it. Last week Jonathon blogged about the conundrum of what to do with pet poo – throw it away in a biodegradable bag or compost it?

Not only is it questionable how well biodegradable bag decompose in the landfill, but it's messy (what happens when it explodes in a garbage truck?). Composting dog waste just seems like most environmentally friendly option. The City Farmer has developed a DIY method to create a dedicated dog waste compost in your yard.

Here are the step-by-step instructions:

  1. Take and old garbage can and drill a dozen or so holes in the side.

  2. Cut out the bottom (A keyhole saw works great for this.)

  3. Dig a hole in the ground, deep enough for the garbage can.

  4. Toss some rocks or gravel in the hole for drainage and position the garbage can so it's a little higher than the soil level.

  5. Place the lid on top.

  6. When you scoop some poop, put it in the hole and sprinkle in some septic starter (available at hardware stores) and add some water. This is the special ingredient - septic starter, which is non-toxic, promotes natural bacterial growth.

  7. Within 48 hours it will have begun its work and you can add more dog doo. You can then begin to add it daily.

Note that the composted dog waste is not safe for your garden.

If you don't have a yard, check out NatureMill's Pet Friendly composting unit.

Top photo via City Farmer

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