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To the Rescue: Composting Dog Poop?

Of course any responsible pet owner knows to pick up after a dog, and there are still plenty of signs around reminding us all the same! When trying to live a little more green, opting for those biodegradable bags is a great start, but what about composting the waste afterwards? According to the experts at Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture, there's a (fairly) simple way to begin composting dog poop in your own backyard.

  1. Take an old garbage can and drill a dozen or so holes in the side.
  2. Use a keyhole saw to cut out the bottom and remove it.
  3. Dig a hole in the ground that's deep enough for the garbage can.
  4. Toss some rocks or gravel in the hole for drainage and position the garbage can on top so it's a little higher than the soil level.
  5. Place the lid back on top.
  6. When you scoop some poop, put it in the hole and sprinkle in some septic starter (like Septonic) and add some water.
  7. The waste decomposes and enters the subsoil – remember, it is not used on garden beds!

I've already shared other eco-tastic tips, but here's one that takes a bit more effort. So what do you think – is throwing a biodegradable bag in the garbage where you'll stop or would you take it to the next level?

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michaelckyang michaelckyang 7 years
Being eco-friendly is part of our life now. Even with my dog's poops, i flush them down the toilet with a flushable doggy waste bags. The company is called Flush Doggy.
Just-Oh Just-Oh 8 years
We're getting a pup later this year and this sounds perfect!
7kimba7 7kimba7 8 years
No yard.
nancita nancita 8 years
Great idea. Even if you have a yard where your dog can go, this would keep it clean.
cageyme cageyme 8 years
I bought a Doggie Dooley over a year ago, but I am having trouble getting my husband to dig the hole for me. I would do it myself, but I just don't have the attention span. You should never put dog waste in with your regular compost material. Home composters aren't big enough to generate enough heat to kill all of the bacteria found in dog waste. I'm waiting for the time when Joe's dog bombs can be converted into fuel! :dog:
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
can't you also just flush it when you get home? I don't have a dog so I don't know, but if they make flushable litter for cats can't you just flush the dog poop too?
lawchick lawchick 8 years
I don't know how well this works, but you don't have to DIY --- there is a product that does this - Doggie Dooley People seem to love it or hate it
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 8 years
We tried this once....it didn't work out very well, but I'm not sure if maybe we did something wrong. It also does smell exactly how you think it would smell.
wren1 wren1 8 years
I live in an apartment in a city, so I don't think I can do this.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
Not going to do it because I'm not so sure the landlords would be down with me digging holes in their yard, but if it works (and doesn't reek) it's a great idea.
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