This is something I really hate …. plastic bags of dog @*%! hanging from the bushes.
But then plastic bags of dog poop anywhere are a bad idea and a big problem!
According to PFMA (Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association) the dog population of the U.K., in 2014, stood at 9 million. The average dog according to Streetkleen produces 340g of fecal matter per day x 9,000,000 dog population = 3,060 tonnes of poo per day x 365 days per year =1,111,900 tonnes of dog poo annually.
Why Not Landfill?
Putting plastic bags of poop in landfill is problematic for the following reasons
- Biodegradable waste does not do well in the unnatural conditions of landfill. It bubbles away producing methane another more potent greenhouse gas.
- The non biodegradable waste, plastic, is there for ever.
- As of April 2016 Landfill Tax is £84.40 per tonne . At over a million tons that poop costs a lot.
- we are running out of holes
What to do?
But how do you dispose of dog poop responsibly and environmentally?
This might be an answer –use compostable plastic bags such as BioBag dog bags and get a pet poop composter. You can read more about compostable plastics here and you can find cheaper than Biobags by Googling.
Pet poop composter
I believe that composting is the future. A household that can turn its own waste into food for the plants is truly sustainable and delightfully green. And who wouldn’t want to be any of those? I have a number of compost bins BUT I don’t have a pet so cannot try this. I thought of getting a puppy but apparently they are for life, not just for composting.
How they work…
Now as I understand it, the pet waste composter is a bin set in the ground. Chuck the pop in and nature will deal with it naturally. It will compost away. Just to reiterate, the resulting material is left in place. It is not meant to be used as compost, rather that the composting process is used to naturally dispose of dog poop!
Have a look at these ready made dog waste composters. You bury it in the back garden and drop in the poop.
Here is an Australian product called Yard Art in action
Here is a home made one
And an article, you can read on the subject.
Using the Compost…nooooooooo
MATT SULLIVAN writes a thoughtful and informative piece about the joys and perils of pet poop composting. As he says “several writers discourage pet owners from the practice at all. Others gave specific warnings of not using the final composted product in any edible gardens. A handful wrote that the compost from domestic animals was safe and could be used in vegetable crops.”
But, despite doom laden warnings, he goes ahead and uses worms to compost his dog dirt. It’s a success and he concludes that “even if you have no desire to add compost to your garden, I believe it makes sense to be a good steward of your animals. You feel good, help out the environment, and have an excuse to spend time outside.”
You can find hundreds of different composting methods here including links to worm bins and underground composers.
This is an interesting idea – biogas from dog poo.