Discover what to do with dog waste that is safe for the environment
Can You Compost Dog Poop?... YES
Having a dog is great. Throwing away dog poop is not! In this article you will learn what to do with dog poop. There is a way that you can compost your dog waste that is easy, odor free, and keeps it out of the landfill.
What you essentially will be doing is building a mini septic tank in a secluded area of your backyard to make your dog manure compost. Of course, first you will need to make sure your dog is potty trained.
1. Buy or find an outdoor trash can with a lid. I used a plastic round 20 gallon trash can and it can handle the dog waste of our one 50 lb dog. A larger or smaller trash can be used depending on how many dogs you have (and how much dog poop you have to clean up). Metal trash cans can also be used but often cost more.
2. Cut the bottom off of the trash can. Drill many holes (about ½ inch in size) all around the walls of the trash can. Do not drill any holes within three inches of the top lip of the can.
3. Dig a trash can sized hole in a secluded spot in your yard. The dog poop composter wont stink (unless you leave the lid off) but it is a little unsightly.
4. Bury your trash can so that the dirt line is three inches below the lip of the can and you can easily secure the lid.
5. Add a couple handfuls of rocks or gravel to the bottom. This will help with drainage of the dog manure compost.
6. Start filling the composter with dog poop!
7. After a couple days of dog waste clean up has been added to the composter, add in a septic starter enzyme which can be purchased at any hardware store or online. This enzyme will help with the decomposition. As you continue to add dog poop you will need to add more septic enzyme about every 6 months or so.
Because pet (dog and cat) poop is toxic you can not use the compost you make on a vegetable garden but you could use it on a flower or ornamental garden bed. However, my suggestion is to not use it at all. Instead leave it at the bottom of the dog waste composter and allow it to slowly seep into the soil. That way you don't have to mess with it. If you are interested in making compost for your garden, check this out. Or, try worm composting.
This dog manure composter also works with cat waste. However, you will need to use a kitty litter that is compostable as well, like Yesterday's News which is made of newsprint. Most kitty litters are made of clay and do not compost well.
If you would rather purchase a dog poop composter check out this article. Now you know what to do with dog poop...compost it using this dog manure compost method and keep it out of the landfill.