Below is a guest post by Rose Seemann, the owner and operator of EnviroWagg, a Colorado company dedicated to collecting and composting canine waste into safe, nutrient-rich garden soil. She is author of The Pet Poo Handbook: How to Safely Recycle and Compost Pet Waste, New Society Publishers.
It’s estimated that pet waste accounts for around 4% of residential waste and 25% of park trash. Wouldn’t it be better to send it back to nature? After all, it is an organic material like food scraps and yard waste. The average dog produces 275 pounds of waste per year. Wouldn’t eliminating your dog’s contribution to the waste stream take quite a load off Mother Earth?
We’ve been told that dog waste is teeming with dangerous pathogens. But you take your dog for regular visits to the vet and he’s current on his shots. You feed him the good stuff. You let him kiss you! Dog doo scare tactics are so last century!
What to do with Dog Poop
Progressive communities are now encouraging dog waste recycling. Pet owners in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, for example, can apply for funds to purchase dog waste recycling systems that will divert waste from trash and improve water quality.
- The University of Florida offers an online recipe for composting dog waste as well as a do-it-yourself contained tumbler.
- Hearthmakers Energy Cooperative in Kingston, Ontario, schedules seminars teaching residents how to compost pet waste to keep it out of local waterways. How’s that for credibility?
- And yes, you, too, can recycle dog waste! Mike Levenston of City Farmer in Vancouver, British Columbia, posted a video showing viewers how to construct a simple, environmentally friendly septic system that works well in areas with low water levels.
Simply throw in the poop (no bags!) and some septic starter and let nature take its course. Build this system away from foundations and walls. Mike talks about harvesting the decomposed residual as fertilizer when the bin is full. Some dog owners simply pull out the bin shell, cover the hole with 4-6 inches of soil and plant grass or flowers. Continue Reading